The development of any nation lies on its educational force and as such the NOUN Act was amended among others to improve the country’s educational sector. Presently, concerned individuals are anxiously waiting for the outcome of the NOUN amendment bill being laid before the president for his assent to further improve the school as Africa’s largest institution of learning.
The recent outcome of the Peace Corps bill and the ongoing reactions of the people over the survival of the agency have again necessitated progressive minds to encourage the president to assent to the NOUN amendment bill, praying that it should not suffer similar fate with other rejected bills because it is for educational advancement in line with national policy for development.
As African countries are making educational advancement to catch up with the West, Nigeria should not be left behind, rather it should be the pacesetter for Africa in all ramifications and not the contrary as being experienced.
The Noun law graduates plight has lingered for years and it becomes necessary to amend the existing Act, the “Correspondence Studies” clause as contended by the Council of Legal Education (CLE) on grounds of procedural defects.
Consequently, to save the innocent students and with a view to improving the system, the National Assembly resolved to clear the obstacle and amended the Act that established the school and clothed it with the status of the conventional universities to enable the law graduates proceed to law school and NYSC programme when assented to law.
Worried over the pathetic matter, prominent individuals including Nigeria’s ex-president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a NOUN PhD holder have made tremendous efforts in the past to persuade CLE to accept the NOUN law graduates but to no avail.
Now in anticipation of the president’s assent, the students and concerned individuals strongly believe that their problem has eventually come to an end. It is on this strength that l write to salute and encourage the president to assent to the bill for the good of the law graduates, parents and the country at large.
Gibson Ogbeiniama, Esq
Ore, Ondo State