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Open University graduates urge expedited action on admission to Law School


National Open University of Nigeria. (NOUN)

Law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) have called on relevant authorities to prevail on the Council on Legal Education (CLE) to rescind its decision not to admit them into the Nigerian Law School.

The graduates at the end of an extra-ordinary general meeting on September 28 in Abuja, urged the National Assembly as well as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to attend to their demand as a matter of national urgency.

They operate under the name National Open University Law Graduates Association (NOULGA).


At the end of the meeting, its Board of Directors expressed dismay that CLE, an agent of the Federal Government, is willfully frustrating the noble policy of its principal, which is designed to make quality education available to a vast majority of Nigerians and non-Nigerians in a manner that obtains across the globe without any form of discrimination.

The communiqué was signed by NOULGA’s Director General, Alex E. Okonofua; Director of Administration, Cletus Ugwuanyi; and Director, Media and Publicity, Tai Oguntayo.

About six graduates of the open university are currently in court against the CLE, but members of NOULGA with a population of about 2,000 reaffirmed their interest in dispute resolution.

“NOULGA frowned at the policy somersault in which foreign students who undergo law programme through correspondence, online and informal system are granted admission into Nigerian Law School whereas a duly accredited Law programme at NOUN, a Federal University is discriminated against,” the communiqué read in part.

They also noted that the Senate has already passed the NOUN Amendment Bill and urged the House of Representatives to follow suit.

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