By Kelechukwu Iroma
THE Former Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, and currently, the Provost, Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe, Lagos State, Professor Olu Akeusola has said that graduates of NOUN are not qualified to participate in National Youths Service Corps programmes.
Speaking with newsmen, he said, “We have the tendency of misinterpreting concepts. NOUN is not meant for regular students. It is not meant for anybody that has just finished his secondary education. NOUN is a flexible programme meant for adults – meant for the working class. It is for people who have sufficient experience, but want academic knowledge and certificates to back up what they are doing.”
He revealed that, “NOUN got it wrong when they started admitting students that are JAMB drop-outs—people who are unable to go to conventional universities through JAMB and also fresh secondary school graduates. Automatically, they would be agitating that they want to serve, after all, they are graduates.” Prof. Akeusola said this as some NOUN students want to stage a protest as to why they are eliminated from participating from NYSC