All first degree graduates of of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) henceforth are now eligible and qualified to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Nigerian Law School (for NOUN graduates that studied Law).
This followed the adoption of a report by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund on the ‘Bill for An Act to Amend the National Open University Act Cap N6 LFN 1983 (Amendment) Bill 2017’ by the lawmakers at the plenary on Thursday July 6th, 2017.
According to the report, the Senate panel stated that the amendment to the National Open University of Nigeria Act was to bring the institution at par with the regular universities in the country.
“The objectives of the bill are as follows:
“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.
This simply means that 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.
It will be recalled that before now graduates of NOUN are disqualified from participating in the National Youth Service Scheme and their Law graduates disqualified from attending the Nigerian Law School upon graduation. This has made the National Open University unattractive to many admission seekers. However with this development, NOUN will likely attract more students especially those that have been unable to gain admission to through JAMB.