Law Graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria, have said they don’t know whether they would be able to gain admission into the Nigerian Law School in spite of the presidential assent to NOUN Amendment Act.
Mr Carl Umegboro, Chairman of the Law Graduates Forum, NOUN, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 7, 2018 assented to the NOUN Amendment Act, which changed its standing from ‘Correspondence’ in the Act to ‘Full-time’ and was gazetted afterwards.
The amendment allows the University to operate as all other universities with the same powers, functions and administrative structures.
The amendment was a remedy to admission crisis which hindered law graduates of the institution from gaining admission into the Nigerian Law School as well as participate in the National Youth Service Corps scheme since 2013.
Umegboro said nothing significant had taken place after the presidential assent and gazetting. He added that the delay had brought untold hardship to the graduates.
“There is no logical reason to continue withholding admission quota against NOUN law graduates after the celebrated assent of the NOUN Amendment Act by President Buhari, which the Council of Legal Education pointed to the Senate Committee on Public Petitions as the irregularity.
“I have unalloyed confidence that Mr President, as a noble, distinguished and dependable leader will not allow injustice, bullying and discrimination on innocent citizens to triumph.
“These citizens spent time and resources to enrol in a programme duly accredited by the National Universities Commission.
“I appeal to President Buhari, pursuant to national security, to urgently convene a stakeholders meeting.
“We, therefore, appeal to the authorities to resolve the differences without further delay”.
A reliable source from the Nigeria Law School told NAN, “We are working on it and trying hard to resolve the issue. It was a problem that has long lingered so we need time to get things done right.”