President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the National Open University Amendment Bill, to allow the institution to operate as all other universities in the country.
With the assent, the graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) can now participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) after graduation and the school’s law graduates will be admitted into the Nigerian Law School.
Presidential Adviser on National Assembly (Senate), Senator Ita Enang announced the assent of the President while addressing State House reporters in Abuja, Friday 7 December.
He said, ”President Buhari…assented to National Open University Amendment Act, which allows the National Open University to operate as all other universities, having the same power and functions and the same administrative structures, eliminating possible discrimination as some use to want to have on its products and programmes”.
The National Open University of Nigeria is a multi-campus Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution. It is Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers reaching a pioneer student enrollment of 32,400. It was restarted and reinvigorated by former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2001, although its conceptual beginning dates back to 1984.
NOUN offers courses in Management Sciences, Education, Health Science, Science and Technology and Law among others.