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Aftermath Of Oba Of Benin Appeal, Tinubu Directs Inclusion Of NOUN Graduates In NYSC Scheme

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

Following the recent appeal made by the Oba of Benin Kingdom, Ewuare II while being installed the Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), that the federal government should do all in its power to include those who graduated from the institution in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, President Bola Tinubu has directed the Ministry of Education to include graduates of the National Open University, NOUN in the National Youth Service Corps scheme.

Tinubu also resolved the longstanding admittance of NOUN Law graduates to participate in Law School in the country for equal opportunities.

He said this during his presentation at the 13th convocation ceremony of NOUN on Saturday, at the university’s Convocation Arena, Jabi, Abuja.

President Tinubu gave the new directive through the Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Biodun Saliu, who represented him at the convocation on Saturday, adding that the opportunity is within the age bracket as allowed by the law.

“With the changing demographics of our great nation, the government has recognised the importance of allowing NOUN graduates to participate in the NYSC scheme. “The doors of the Law School are now open to the graduates, ensuring equal opportunities for all. Any remaining concerns or uncertainties should be promptly addressed by the Federal Ministry of Education. Sponsored “We will continue to do this in order to improve quality, access, and affordability. “Government is, therefore, committed through the Federal Ministry of Education and the NUC to provide the enabling environment to ensure a good delivery of this mode of education in Nigeria.” Tinubu said.

The president noted that the gathering was not just a celebration of the graduates’ academic successes but also highlighted the crucial role that Open and Distance Education has in shaping the nation’s educational framework.

He, therefore, affirmed his administration’s commitment to enhancing ODL to expand access to higher education across the nation, emphasizing that the utilisation of ODL is essential for meeting the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The president expressed satisfaction with what NOUN has become, stressing that it is a central figure in advancing the government’s commitment to achieving educational goals through ICT.

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