It was a glorious outing, Saturday, for former President Olusegun Obasanjo as he bagged Masters’ degree at the 5th Convocation of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Abuja.
Obasanjo was among prominent Nigerians in the list of the 10,653 graduands in which 15 of them made first class Honours.
The Vice Cancellor NOUN, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe said Obasanjo met the requirements for Masters, hence the award.
“It is interesting to note that Obasanjo will be graduating with a Masters’ Degree (MA-Christian Theology) having met the requirements for the award during this convocation.
“Having been given the admission to study MA/PhD in Christian Theology, Obasanjo will continue with his Ph.D fully.
“This is very unique considering his age and commitments; he also made a very good cumulative grade point,’’ the VC said.
Tenebe said that NOUN had achieved its primary mandate of having study centres in all the state capitals across the country.
According to him, the institution will commence the last aspect of its mandate, which is to establish study centres in all the 774 local governments in the next 15 years.
He said that the total number of study centre across the country stood at 72 alongside four new research centres.
Tenebe, commended President Mahammadu Buhari for the speed with which the permanent site of the university at Jabi, Abuja was built.
Prof. Tenebe said despite the projects at the site were started seven months ago, they have gone far in there completion.
“These projects listed above all commenced in May, 2015 when the present administration of President Mahammadu Buhari came into office, in short, all the projects started only seven months ago. This is very commendable and an obvious comfirmination of the positive that Mr President promised Nigerians”, he said.
He noted that this accuracy and speed of the projects confirm the leadership of President Buhari.
He said additional study centres have opened in the last one year, raising the number now to 72 centres across the country, adding the last one year has very eventful for the school.
He stated that the school has been fortunate to enjoy favour from the government, hence money has been available to execute the projects.
He noted the school was poised to bring positive revolutionary changes in tertiary education in the country.
Tenebe appealed to relevant authorities to admit graduates of NOUN into law school as was done in other countries.
“We will not relent in our appeal to the Council for Legal Education to give NOUN Law graduates the opportunity to attend the Law School and be called to the Bar.
“If other countries such as UK, India, South Africa, Tanzania, among others allow their Open Universities’ Law graduates to attend Law School and are called to the Bar, Nigeria has no justifiable reasons to hold her Open University graduates down.
“We must move forward in all these areas as a progressive country,’’ he said.
In his address, NOUN’s Chancellor, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, said that there were 59 open universities in the World, adding that their graduates were treated differently from graduates of conventional universities.
NOUN’s 2016 convocation was held for the first time at University Village, Jabi, which was allocated to the institution in 1983.