Wednesday, 2 November 2016

⁠⁠⁠NOUN VC Raises Hope on Law School Admission

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NOUN VC Further Raises Hope on Law School Admission, NYSC Inclusion and Endorses NOULGA National Conference

The Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof Abdallah has told the leadership of the NOUN Law Graduate Association (NOULGA) that he has already addressed the leadership of the two arms of the National Assembly on his main challenges which he needed immediate solutions to namely: the non admission of its law graduates into Law School and the non inclusion of NOUN students in the NYSC Scheme. He said the National Assembly had promised wading into it in earnest.

The VC made this disclosure to NOULGA during its second visit to him in his office at Abuja this year. NOULGA was led to his office by the Director-General, Alex Okonofua, accompanied by the Deputy Director-General, Paul Chukewu, Director of Media & Publicity, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, Director of Welfare & Social Services, Cynthia Benson, Patron Kins Ekebuike and some members from the Abuja chapter of NOULGA. Also in attendance in observers' capacity is the immediate past National President of LAWSAN, Paul Ndudi.

Prof Abdallah revealed that the three headaches he faced on assumption of office as the new NOUN VC were problems of missing results, non inclusion of NOUN graduates in NYSC Scheme and prevention of law graduates from attending law school. He disclosed that the problem of missing result had been resolved through his pro active steps.

He however stated that the two other problems are posing a great challenge which he said had gotten to 80% resolution having tabled it before the National Assembly and the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission who was a staff of NOUN before his appointment. He said the responses from the two quarters were "very impressive and cheering as some cogent steps are already being taken" He further said he has made useful contacts with some prominent legal luminaries who are helping to interface with CLE with a view of resolving the non admission matter.

The NOULGA DG had initially taken time to explain to him the various steps taken by the association so far in visiting the National Assembly, some States Attorney-Generals, Deans Law Faculties of various Universities and prominent members of the Bench including the former NBA President & Life Bencher, Okey Wali (SAN) who has on behalf of NOULGA made many important contacts as regard our Non Admission issue.

The DG broke the good news of how the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN) gave NOULGA a warm reception in his office and promised to ensure that "immediate step is taken by the ministry to ensure that NOUN Law Graduates go to law school because the law is on your side."

The AGF therefore requested for a letter by NOULGA as the affected Innocent Third Party to be submitted through the open registry of the ministry. This letter which had already been written & signed by the DG, Alex Okonofua & DMP, Akogun Tai Oguntayo, was immediately presented to the AGF officially before it was taken to the open registry where it was duly received with the DG's address attached and a stamped duplicate copy given to the NOULGA leadership. The DG ended his speech by presenting to the VC a copy of the stamped letter/address to the AGF together with a Compendium of the Overview of NOULGA activities.

Responding to DG's speech, the VC commended the various efforts of NOULGA saying that the association had the right as an independent body to pursue its case and that the visit to the AGF and his response was a welcome development. According to him, "the school having awarded its students LLB, has fulfilled its primary obligation but considering the effect of your non admission into law school on your career and on the school, we have no option than to take up the responsibility of ensuring that you go to law school " The struggle is however from various angles and NOULGA's contributions was highly commendable.

While giving the votes of thanks, the DMP, Akogun Tai Oguntayo commended the pro-activeness of the VC and his open door policy at least for receiving the association twice this year since his assumption of office.

Oguntayo however seized the opportunity to clarify the impression that the institution had fulfilled its obligation with the award of LLB to its students. He urged the VC not to relent on his efforts to see that NOUN Law Graduates secure admission into Nigerian Law School. According to the NOULGA DMP, "unlike other disciplines which acquire other professional qualifications on the training or gradually on their own, law graduates are short listed by their Universities for law school admission and they are not employable until they acquire their BL (Barrister at Law)". The VC who was obviously elated took due cognisance of all the contributions and promised to do his best to ensure our admission into Law School within the shortest possible time. He then requested that a group picture be taken in front of the Administrative building where he endorsed the proposed National Conference of NOULGA.

The VC suggested that the National Conference should not wear any toga of agitation but an avenue to showcase law graduates' quality to those eminent personalities to be invited as resource persons. He then asked NOULGA to send two of its representatives to meet him in the office "soon" for discussion in this regard. 

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