[Interview]–The Nigerian National Assembly is about to pass a law to allow graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN to participate in the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and the Nigerian Law School.
The information was revealed by Abdallah Adamu, the vice chancellor of the institution in an interview with Premium Times.
Adamu explained, “We want to amend the act. That is why we have been going to the National Assembly. We even had a public hearing. Luckily, it’s not even us that is now initiating it, it’s now the legislators themselves.
“They sponsor the bill themselves. It passed the first reading, passed the second reading then we went for public hearing and it passed public hearing and they brought it back to us just on Monday for any amendment before it will go for final hearing before it goes to the president for assent,” the professor said.
Adamu further said that he expects the National Assembly to pass the appropriate bill to allow for law graduates to go to law school.
“When the bill is passed into law, then they have no right to block our students from participating. In fact, we can even sue them for denying our graduates their rights because we are no longer part time.”
According to the professor, “The fact is that the National University Commission(NUC) law doesn’t allow those who do part time studies to do NYSC and the original act that established NOUN says we offer courses by correspondence and that is the expression NYSC is using to say ‘if it’s a correspondence course then it is part time, if its part time then the students are not eligible for NYSC.’
“That’s why our students can’t go for NYSC. So, we have to remove that clause on our act that indicates we are part time,” he reiterated.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg