Mass protests to hit Nigeria as students parliament speaker makes case for NOUN students

Student Leaders of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) today, thurday 13th Febrauary 2020, paid a courtesy visit to the national speaker of the Nigerian Students Parliament (NSP); Rt. Hon. Mubarak Aliyu Rimi in his office; NSP Chamber of the Young Parliamentarians Forum, house of Reps wing, National Assembly, Abuja.

The NOUN student leaders told the NSP national speaker to use his good office to appealed to the Federal Government to allow them participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and also admit Law graduates of the university into the Nigerian Law Schools.

The undergraduates, in a press statement addressed to the NSP national speaker, signed and issued by the coordinator of NOUN NYSC/LAW Saga, Segun Oyewale threatened that they would embark on mass protest should their demands be ignored.

Oyewale, a former Public Relations Officer of NOUN Students Forum while congratulating the speaker of NSP on his emergence as National speaker at the just concluded NSP national convention noted that they have confidence in him and give all glory to God for enabling a dogged fighter, articulate comrade and an aluta commander like Mubarak to emerge as Nigerian students Speaker at this time in History.

Responding, NSP national speaker; Mubarak thanked the NOUN students leadership for their visit as promised them quick response to their demands.

Mubarak affirmed that in the next seating of NSP, the parliament will Asked the Federal Government to implement NOUN Act that allows the graduates of the institution to participate in NYSC and Law School.

He said its an act of injustice that graduates of NOUN could not have the same rights, benefits and privileges like their mates in conventional federal owned universities.

According to Mubarak, “Statistically, NOUN students are the ones paying highest amount of money as Federal University students compared to other Federal Universities in the country; any thing about National Open University is always delayed unlike we in other universities experience".

“It is no more a news that the bill that allows National Open University Graduates to participate in NYSC Scheme/Law School has been signed by President Muhammadu Buhari since December 04 2018. 

However, nothing has been done so far to implement it. I will ensure that we in the students parliament in our next seating, calls the attention of our leaders in the house of Reps especially those of them that are members of the young parliamentarians forum to look into this lingering matter once and for all", Mubarak stated.

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is a Federal Open and Distance  Learning institution accredited by NUC. 

The first of its kind in the West African sub-region. It is Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of student population. 

It's on record that students of NOUN pay heavily to afford National Open University terms and conditions as directed by NUC but are denied of certain things enjoyed by graduates of other tertiary institutions.

Mubarak said he has seen a graduate of NOUN that was denied of an employment due to lack of NYSC discharge certificate, it is not fair at all.


On behalf of NSP, I plead to the Federal Government to implement the NOUN Students mandate for NYSC and Law school bill which was signed into law on Dec 4 2018 to allow graduates of National Open University of Nigeria  to go for NYSC and Law School respectively.
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“NOUN 2020 graduates should as a matter of national interest, equity and fair play be mobilised for the 2020 Batch A NYSC exercise, Mubarak Aliyu maintained.

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