Abeokuta – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday said that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) ‘’is breaking barriers inhibiting access to university and higher education in the country’’.
Obasanjo made the statement while receiving the executive of NOUN Alumni Association (NOUNAA) at the Obasanjo Presidential Hilltop Mansion in Abeokuta.
He said that with NOUN, Nigeria’s students’ enrollment to tertiary institutions, had increased drastically.
The Former President, also alumni of the University, said that NOUN, which took off in 2005, had been a viable alternative to conventional institutions for Nigerians desirous of university education.
He also said that the academic and professional issues surrounding the accreditation of law course being offered at the NOUN by the National University Commission and the Nigerian Law School, would soon be resolved.
He expressed optimism that the resolution of the matter would enable law graduates of the University undergo the compulsory one year programme at Nigerian Law School.
‘’I saw some students complaining about law accreditation in NOUN, but I hope the law programme has come to stay,” he said.
“With NOUN in place,nobody in Nigeria will now say he or she does not have access to higher education.
Speaking earlier, Mr Phil Colman, the President of NOUNAA, lauded Obasanjo for opening up the space of university education with the establishment of NOUN.
In his remarks, the Ogun Chairman of NOUNAA, Bode Mustapha, urged Nigerians to make use of the opportunity provided by NOUN to further their education. (NAN)