Tuesday, 23 August 2016

noun protests exclusion graduates nysc scheme

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has protested the exclusion of its graduates from the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme.

The vice chancellor, NOUN, Prof Abdalla Adamu, appealed to the National Universities Commission (NUC) to intervene and prevail on the authorities of the NYSC to allow NOUN students participate in the scheme to enable them contribute their quota to nation building.

Adamu, who led a full squad of NOUN’s management to the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, yesterday, said the exclusion was contrary to the promotion of patriotism and unity in the country.

He said it was an irony that the most inclined of the nation’s graduates were excluded from a programme designed to engender patriotism and unity.

According to him, “It is national news that NOUN graduates are excluded from participation in the NYSC scheme, although exclusion letters are often provided.

“ In NOUN, we train graduates with nationalistic outlook in Nigetia , and can boast to be the only university in Nigeria where people from all the LGAs in Nigeria are represented as students.

“However, this nationalistic outlook cultivated by our students is dampened by the painful fact of their exclusion from the NYSC scheme.

“The desire of NOUN graduates is to participate fully in the NYSC scheme and contribute their quota to the development of their nation. We are sure that with the appropriate intervention of the NUC led by you, this problem will be over,” he added.

Abdalla further disclosed that NOUN has suspended its law programme, following the exclusion of graduates of Law programme from attending the mandatory Law School of Nigeria by the Council of Legal Education (CLE).

He stressed that the suspension of admission into the programme followed an advice by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to stop admissions pending the resolution of the inability of its graduates to go to Law School.

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