Abuja – An Educationist, Mr Charles Ibekwe, on Monday said the various innovations introduced by the management of the National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN) had been setting the pace in Distant Learning Scheme.
Ibekwe said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja
It said that NOUN had moved from being a concept, whose practicality and implementation was earlier doubted, to becoming a reliable institution.
It stated that the present management led by Prof. Vincent Tenebe, the Vice-Chancellor, had been proactive in realising the dreams of the NOUN founding fathers.
The statement said that NOUN caught the attention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who became a student, finished his degree and remained an ambassador of distance learning in Africa.
“ The management has been able to place the institution among Nigeria’s top 25 universities.
“It has also secured Senate’s approval for its graduates to take part in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.
“ One achievement, the management of NOUN, under Tenebe has to celebrate more than it currently does, is the effort it is making to provide quality manpower for the nation.
The statement, however, urged the management to “for the sake of reducing ignorance, educate the student leaders and others about the reality of the quality of education that NOUN is delivering despite the limited financing available to it. ‘’
The statement argued that the leadership of NOUN, since inception, has been superlative in the discharge of its duties. (NAN)