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National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN)

By Joseph Erunke, Abuja

Former governor of Bauchi State and Chairman, Governing Council of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Alhaji Isa Yuguda, has vowed not to interfere in the affairs of the institution outside the mandate of the council.

Yuguda, speaking on Friday, during his maiden visit to the institution, said the council would work to uplift the standard of the school to a recognisable level.

His visit to the school followed yesterday’s inauguration of governing councils of all federal tertiary institutions in the country by the Minister of Education,Prof. Tahir Mamman,in Abuja.

Yuguda,who spoke after meeting with university ‘s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Femi Peters and other principal officers of the institution, pledged that the governing councils,led by himself, would work assiduously to reposition it.

Besides, the Chairman of NOUN Governing Councils, insisted that he would run an open door policy.

However, he sought support and contribution of staff and students of the institution to succeed in the council’s mandate.

Reacting to fears expressed by stakeholders of possible clash between governing councils and university management, Yuguda said, “We know what it takes to fail an entity like this.

“Because, we have managed organisations that were successful. We know our assignment here. We have the constitution of the university. They know their schedule of duties and we know ours.

“As Council Chairman, I am assuring you that I will never allow anyone of us as council members to interfere in whatever the executives are doing,” he added.

The Minister of Education had during the inauguration of the governing councils of federal tertiary institutions, tasked appointees not to interfere in the daily running of their respective institutions.

The institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Femi Peters, speaking earlier, countered claim that NOUN students were exempted from the students’ loans being disbursed by the Nigerian Education Loan Fund, NELFUND, to both students of federal and state universities.

According to him, NOUN students would henceforth benefit from the student’s loan scheme.

He attributed the earlier exclusion of his students on some mistakes from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

He said, “First is the issue of Students loan. There was a misrepresentation by JAMB. And they have since corrected it. You can confirm from JAMB. We have always registered with JAMB every semester after admission.

“As regards the admission requirements, we have followed the same admission requirements like all other universities. So, we don’t have people in here who don’t have the necessary qualifications.

And like my Chair of Council said, the National Universities Commission (NUC) in their accreditation processes, would have taken that one out if we are failing in that.

“So our students are now going to enjoy the students loan system because it was a challenge with JAMB rather than us. The challenge was with JAMB, not with National Open University and they have since resolved it.”


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