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NOUN VC APPEARS BEFORE THE SENATE 

​Today, vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu appeared before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges over the lingering logjam with the Council for Legal Education.
The invitation to the Senate followed a petition by NOUN law graduates to the Red Chamber over the council’s refusal to allow them into the Law School. 
Consequently, the Vice Chancellor, upon appearing before the senators, unearthed all the nitty gritty regarding the bone of contention. 
He said the root cause of it was the perception wrongly attached to the university as a part-time or correspondence institution. 
The vice chancellor noted that it was based on this perceived notions that the Council for Legal Education premised their uncompromising stance in refusing admission of NOUN graduates into Law School.
He said as the premier institution offering an Open and Distance Learning model of study, there has been resistance and ambivalent disposition regarding the innovative ODL system.
Professor Adamu told the committee that of the 156 ODL universities in the world, it’s only in Nigeria that ODL model is facing a stiff approach, leading to the ongoing problem with the law graduates. 
On their part, the senators agreed with the vice chancellor’s submission and questioned the National Universities Commission’s  inability to put an end to the loggerheads. 
Chairman of the committee,  Senator Samuel Anyanwu said the Senate is really worried about the issue and is ready to resolve the problem once and for all. 
He said National Open University is an important institution where matured Nigerians, including some members of the National Assembly are currently pursuing different courses. 
As such, the senator reiterated that his committee is the final bus stop for the lingering issue and they will soon bring to the table the trio of NOUN, NUC and CLE for the resolution of the problem. 
A group of law graduates,  who petitioned the Red Chamber, were also present at the sitting, and they later met with the vice chancellor and thanked him for his efforts towards resolving their predicament.
At the national assembly, the vice chancellor was in the company of the Registrar of the university, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Head of Legal Unit and other staff of the university.

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