The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has pleaded with the National Universities Commission ( NUC) to intervene in the exclusion of its graduates from the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme.
The vice chancellor, NOUN, Prof Abdalla Adamu, made the appeal to the commission yesterday in Abuja, pleading with the NUC to intervene and prevail on the authorities of the NYSC to allow NOUN students participate in the scheme to enable them contribute their quota to nation building.
Adamu, who led a full squad of NOUN’s management to the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, said the exclusion was contrary to the promotion of patriotism and unity in the country.
He also added that it was an irony that the most inclined of the nation’s graduates were excluded from a programme designed to engender patriotism and unity.
“It is national news that NOUN graduates are excluded from participation in the NYSC scheme, although exclusion letters are often provided.”
“In NOUN, we train graduates with nationalistic outlook in Nigetia , and can boast to be the only university in Nigeria where people from all the LGAs in Nigeria are represented as students.
“However, this nationalistic outlook cultivated by our students is dampened by the painful fact of their exclusion from the NYSC scheme.
“The desire of NOUN graduates is to participate fully in the NYSC scheme and contribute their quota to the development of their nation. We are sure that with the appropriate intervention of the NUC led by you, this problem will be over.”
Professor Abdalla Adamu also formally announced the suspension of admissions into its Law programme. According to him the decision was as a result of the exclusion of graduates of its Law programme by the Council for Legal Education, from attending the Nigerian Law School.
He also premised the decision on the advice by the National Universities Commission that students should be stopped from undertaking the course, pending the resolution of the impasse generated by the refusal of the Law School to allow NOUN graduates to attend its programmes.