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The Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, says the Senate will hold public hearing on the status of NOUN’s Law programme and other issues affecting the institution.

Adamu, who disclosed this at a pre-convocation news conference on Friday in Abuja, said the public hearing would hold on Monday, January 16.

He said that NOUN’s sixth convocation would be held on January 21 at the institution’s permanent site, Jabi, Abuja.

He disclosed that the bill to reposition the institution has recently passed second reading.

There has been a lingering stand-off between NOUN and the Council for Legal Education over the non-admittance of NOUN’s law graduates to Nigerian Law School.

“The Senate will, on January 16, hold a public hearing on NOUN Law programme. In NOUN’s original Act, it was said that it will deliver via correspondence. That was why our Law graduates cannot be admitted into the Law school.

“That aspect has been expunged; it has passed second reading and once the Senate substitutes Correspondence clause with Open Distance Learning clause, there will no longer be issues.

“It took a while for people to understand that NOUN operates full time, as there is a difference between ODL and online learning,’’ he said.

The vice-chancellor said that in 1983 when NOUN was conceptualised, it was for working people, but the pressure on conventional universities had made the institution an alternative for young students.

He said that since 2011, the institution had witnessed an influx of young students who graduated at ages suitable for the National Youth Service Corps.

According to him, when the Senate amendment clarifies that NOUN is not a part-time institution, NYSC will start accepting NOUN products who meet the age and other requirements.

Adamu alerted the public to the existence of a fake admission portal, www.noun.com.ng with the intent to defraud unsuspecting applicants, students and the general public.

He said that the authentic NOUN portal is www.nounonline.com, which was properly secured.

No fewer than 5,975 students would participate in the forthcoming NOUN convocation