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NASS queries law school over rejection of Open University graduates


Obasanjo was a graduate of National Open University of Nigeria

The House of Representatives has mandated its Standing Committees on Tertiary Education and Services and Federal Judiciary to investigate the non-admission of law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria into the Nigeria Law School.

Photo: Former President Obasanjo was a graduate of National Open University of Nigeria

The resolution followed the adoption of a Motion tagged “Call on the Council of Legal Education and the Body of Benchers to Allow Law Graduates of National Open University of Nigeria Enrolment into the Nigerian Law Schools”.

The motion was sponsored by Hon Ayodele Oladimeji at plenary.

According the motion made available to our correspondent, the House committees would determine the reasons for the non-enrolment of NOUN Law graduates into Nigerian Law Schools by the Council of Legal Education.

The committee would report back to the House within three weeks for further Legislative action. 

Moving the motion Hon Oladimeji noted that NOUN is a Federal Open and Distance Learning institution.

It is the first of its kind in the West African Sub-region and also Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of students intake. 

He informed the House that NOUN offers Law as one of its courses and met the requirement for accreditation for a Law faculty.

It also has a good percentage of its Law students as already degree holders in various disciplines who chose to read law out of passion to further strengthen their subsisting professions.

He expressed concern over the policy of the Council of Legal Education established in 1962 to regulate, supervise and be responsible for accreditation, control and Management of Legal profession for indicating that Law should not be studied on part-time basis.

Tony Okafor, Awka

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