Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Tuesday, 1 September, 2015, said he has written to the Council for Legal Education over the purported refusal of the council to admit graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) into the Nigerian Law School.
Mr. Obasanjo disclosed this while addressing members of NOUN Law Students Association of Nigeria and other alumni of the university who paid him a courtesy visit at his Hilltop mansion in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The meeting was a sequel to Mr. Obasanjo’s visitation to the NOUN Abeokuta Study Centre in August last year when the school management sought his intervention on the law student’s admission into the Nigeria Law School.
The former president, who graduated from NOUN and is currently undertaking master and Ph.D programs in the institution, insisted that NOUN is not running a correspondence programme but a full time study adding that he physically receives lectures in the institution and not through correspondence.
“I’ve written to the CLE but it seems some people out there didn’t get it right. They said the school of law is offering correspondence programmes and I said it to anyone I met that I graduated from the school and I am presently running my master and Ph.D in NOUN, so the notion is incorrect,” he said.
Mr. Obasanjo said the failure to recognise NOUN courses is undermining the whole institution, adding that such development will be resisted.
He said NOUN is new institution that is growing every day, adding that institution’s management are also working hard to further develop the school.
He however urged students particularly law graduates of NOUN to be patient with the authorities, saying that getting accreditation is not automatic.