The vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, has said that the institution was empowered by law to run its law degree programme.
Tenebe, who made this know to journalists after the University’s seventh inaugural lecture, on Tuesday, said the school would ensure that the rights of its students were protected.
He said: “We are following due process to ensure that the rights of our students are protected. I make it known to everybody that this is a federal university. This university started after the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission produced a blueprint under which we are operating. In that blueprint we have 10 schools, referred to as faculties in other institutions, and they were approved by the Federal Government.
“I am only carrying out my duties as the manager and administrator of the university, and I follow the book. I have not found anywhere in that book where it is said that I cannot admit or allow students to study law in the National Open University.”
What I can tell you is that if there is any professional body that says that students or graduates of National Open University cannot join their professions, we will only follow due process to ensure that the rights of our students are protected.”
Also speaking, the Inaugural Lecturer and Dean of the School of Law, Professor Justus A. Sokefun, said NOUN’s law degree programme was not a “correspondence course”.
You can checkout the full and complete list of NOUN Study centers Here
He said: “Our own duty, in this respect, is to provide some education to the public and the Council for Legal Education…so that they know that law is not a correspondence programme at National Open University. I don’t know of any university in Nigeria where law is run as a correspondence programme.”
It will be recalled that the Council for Legal Education had weeks ago announced that law graduates from the National Open University of Nigeria were not eligible for admission into the Nigerian Law School.