Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has said the establishment of National Open University of Nigeria ( NOUN), presents Nigerians a unique opportunity to have access to higher education in the country.
He said this on Wednesday at his presidential Hilltop residence in Abeokuta while paying host to the executive of the NOUN alumni association led by its president, Mr. Phil Colman, and the vice-president, South-West, Mr. Ayeni Olutope.
He said the institution since its take-off in 2005 while he was still the president had been a viable alternative to conventional institutions, especially for adults desirous of university education.
He said, “Nobody in Nigeria will say he/she does not have access to higher education with NOUN, except he/she does not want. I saw some students complaining about law accreditation in NOUN, but I hope the Law programme has come to stay.”
The former President who is an alumnus of the institution having bagged a degree in Theology from there, had jokingly said after his graduation “somebody sent me a letter asking me to come for my NYSC year in his company, unfortunately, there is age limit.”
Obasanjo who was made the Grand Patron of the association, urged Nigerians to use the opportunity presented by NOUN to upgrade their knowledge, adding that there was no more excuse for lack of higher education.
Responding, the president of NOUNAA, Colman, commended the former president for opening up university education space with the establishment of NOUN.
Culled from the Punch