[Abuja]–Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria has appealed to the Nigerian Council for Legal Education, (CLE) to reconsider its decision not to admit law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria, (NOUN).
Obasanjo, who made the plea while delivering the maiden lecture of the Olusegun Obasanjo Good Governance and Development Research Centre in Abuja, noted that continuous denials of their requests would shut the segment out of their right of inclusion.
It will be recalled that The NOUN management and the legal council have been at loggerheads over the latter’s policy of not admitting its graduates into law school on account of the mode of lecture delivery of the institution, which is a virtual university.
In defending the university, Obasanjo, who resuscitated NOUN during his second coming as the country’s democratically elected President in 2001 said it was intended to give a second chance to people, who have missed the opportunity to be educated.
He further explained in the lecture titled, “Leadership, governance and the challenges of development in Nigeria: The way forward” that his decision was premised on the role of education as a catalyst for national development.
“I have equally demonstrated that there is no age limit to education and personal development by age, status or position as I am currently doing my PhD degree at NOUN.”
In 2015, Obasanjo had written the council over the exclusion and insisted that NOUN is not running a correspondence programme but a full time study adding that he physically receives lectures in the institution and not through correspondence.
“I’ve written to the CLE but it seems some people out there didn’t get it right. They said the school of law is offering correspondence programmes and I said it to anyone I met that I graduated from the school and I am presently running my master and Ph.D in NOUN, so the notion is incorrect,” he had said.
In 2016, Obasanjo while receiving the Vice-chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu in a courtesy visit said, “When they told me about Law graduates, I asked who the early lawyers were? They sat at home and read and they ate their dinner… And then they qualified. We know, we were there with most of them in the 1950s,” he remarked Obasanjo argued that even though the university has achieved the success of becoming popular, there is ignorance of how it really works.
In the same vein, the graduates of Law programme of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), on Wednesday, May 4, sent a 20-point petition to the Senate over their exclusion from the Nigerian Law School programme.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg