My assent to NOUN law has corrected non-recognition quagmire – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that his prompt assent to the amended National Open University of Nigeria’s (NOUN) law has resolved the long-term non-recognition of its graduates in the country.

He stated this on Saturday during the university’s combined 9th and 10th convocation ceremony which was held virtually in Abuja.

The president, represented by the deputy executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Ramon Yusuf said NOUN is delivering on its mandate by taking education to the doorstep of Nigerians.

Buhari added that his administration places greater premium on education, especially in ensuring a lifelong learning through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.

While saluting the efforts of the university management in continuing to expand access to higher education, the president acknowledged that NOUN has remained the only single-mode ODL institution in Nigeria.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu said the combined ceremony saw to the graduation of 32,725 students from various courses of study in undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

Adamu, who is rounding off his five-year tenure on February 10, 2021, disclosed that a total of 24,300 graduands were drawn from the year 2020.

He said the year 2021 has a total of 8,425 graduands, making it a cumulative 80,418 students who graduated within his five-year stint at the university.

Adamu, who took time off to explain his achievements, said the recorded strides were a culmination of dedication and singular focus in moving the university from a static provider of ODL to dynamic process of transformation of higher education delivery models in Africa.

The Chancellor of the university His Royal Highness Lawrence O.C. Agubuzu thanked the federal government for its support to the university.

On his part, the Chairman, Governing Council of the university Professor Peter Okebukola said the combined convocation conducted virtually was unique in many ways, as it will set standard for other universities in Nigeria.