The Senate on Thursday amended the law establishing the
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to enable
graduates of the institution participate in the National Youth
Service Corps (NYSC) scheme and the Law school.
This means that all graduates of the Open University can now
go for National Youth Service while those that graduated from
law can now go for Law school after graduation.
The amendment followed the clause by clause consideration
of the report of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions
and TETFUND chaired by Senator Jibrin Barau (APC, Kano) on
the amendment of NOUN Act.
The review aligned the NOUN’s Act with the requirements of
the Universities Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Act
2012, the law which regulate all Universities in the country
Barau said the amendment would address the perception of
the public about the University in respect of the word
correspondence, which gives the impression that the University
is not a full time University and as such seen as part time.
“These two concepts correspondence and part-time
significantly affect the way the public views the programs run
by the University.
“This has been the reason why the Law Graduates of the
School are not admitted into the Nigerian Law School as well
as the reason for the non inclusion of the graduates of the
University into the National Youth Service Corps Scheme, “he
Explaining further, he said law graduates of NOUN can now go
to the Nigerian law school and can be called to bar while
graduates of the institution can now go for NYSC.