By Onourah Princess | Abuja
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has disassociated self from an alleged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) mobilization of the 2020 graduating students of the institution.
The institution in a statement signed by the registrar Felix Edoka and made available to Campus Focus describe the news on the mobilization of NYSC Batch “A” 2020 as false and Scam targeted at defrauding unsuspected persons.
“This is to inform all Study Centre Directors, Students and all NOUN concerning the news making rounds on various social media platforms and blogs that NOUN graduands will be mobilized for NYSC Batch “A” 2020 is False”
The statement however called on all students to disregard the claim.
Meanwhile the institution has disclosed it has commenced processed to issue the NYSC Exclusion Certificates to all the graduands.
“Please note that the process of NYSC Exclusion certificates is on and all concerned will be informed officially through their Study Centres, NOUN official site www.nou.edu.ng and other approved channels.”
Earlier in a statement the National Association of University Student (NAUS) signed by Comrade Moses SSA to the Deputy National Secretary Comr. Adewoyin Tijani frowned at NOUN’s refusal to commence the inclusion of the NOUN student in NYSC.
NAUS argued that it is now a law for NOUN students to participate in compulsory one year service after it was accented to by the President, Muhammadu Buhari on December 4th, 2018.
“NAUS write to remind the Federal Government of Nigeria and concerned body that nothing has been done so far to implement this law.
“We appreciate this historic passage of the amendment as this is the first in the history of the institution since its establishment in 1982.”
“The truth is not farfetched that the National Open University of Nigeria is a federal University and Distance learning institution accredited by NUC.
“Graduates from other open distance learning institutions globally enjoy all privileges and treated as other conventional universities while some graduates of NOUN are denied employment due to lack of NYSC discharge certificates and the Law students of the institution deprived the privilege of enrolling in law school.”
NAUS however urged the federal government to make appropriate budgetary provision for the prompt implementation into the NYSC scheme and Law School.