…as NOUN graduates 12,125 at 6th convocation
Chris Steven, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Governing Councils and managements of universities across the country that his administration would not hesitate to visit the appropriate arms of the law on anyone of them found wanting in financial mismanagement of their institutions.
The President said he had directed the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu to instruct the Councils to be writing quarterly report of their activities for them to keep government abreast of their performance.
He spoke in Abuja yesterday at the 6th Convocation ceremony of the National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN) where he reiterated that education occupies a unique plave in the change agenda.
President Buhari noted that universities are expected to key into the focus of his administration by providing environment devoid of corruption and other vices.
“As we move to meet other needs of our Universities we demand that the leadership of these institutions reciprocate government gesture by judiciously with utmost integrity and probity.
Any university Council or management found wanting in relation to financial mismanagement or both moral or ethical violation will be made to face the full wrath of the law. I have already directed the Minister of Education to demand quarterly report from all Federal Universities detailing their major financial and administrative activities. A template for such report would soon be circulated for the universities by the Federal Ministry of Education through the National Universities Commission.” He said
Represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission(NUC), Professor Abdulrasheed Abubakar, President Buhari who is also the Visitor to the University assured that his administration would continue to place education on a high pedestal of functionality despite the current economic recession.
“NOUN journey from its inception has been a challenging one. But I am happy that the university has surmounted its developmental obstacles with dodged determination, equally with unrestrained diligence.
It is heartwarming that the National Open University of Nigeria is fulfilling its mandate of opening access to higher education at affordable cost to the teeming population of Nigeria. This administration is strongly conscious of the fact that education is a veritable tool for political, social and economic development of our nation.
We will continue to create conducive atmosphere for the private sector and individual as well as development partners who are the various level of investing into education for the development of our nation. It is against this backdrop that the Federal Executive Council recently approved the establishment of eight new private universities with three year provisional licence.” He said
While speaking at the event , Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu lamented that the University’s law graduates have been prevented from proceeding to the Law School to train as Barristers at Law and be called to Bar .
He said the Council of Legal Education perceived NOUN law degree programme as part time or correspondence, rather than open distance learning.
The Vice Chancellor however expressed optimism that the amendment of the Act that established the University by the Senate would solve the problem.
“The amended Act reflects the reality of NOUN since its establishment and which was not clear to some of our collaborators. For instance, we emphasized the fact that we are a Full Time Open and Distant Learning (ODL) institution, not correspondence or part time , as erroneously ascribed to us” he said .
According to him, a total of 12,125 students of NOUN were found worthy in character and learning to receive the various certificates of the University.