Speaking today on a courtesy visit at the Ake Palace, the Director of the Institution, Prof. I. O. Salawu stated that the need had risen for a proper recognition of NOUN as an Institution that brings tertiary education to the ‘doorstep’ of every individual willing to acquire it.
He disclosed that the term ‘Open’ is a philosophical construct that is to make higher education available to everyone as implied in the institution’s name; National Open University of Nigeria adding that her aim is to improve everyone with tertiary education at their own convenience.
The Director had stated earlier that the institution was expected to inform the general public about their aims and objectives and that the management has decided to kick off the enlightenment from the Alake of Egbaland.
He also said that NOUN is as good if not better than the conventional University system in Nigeria in the sense that one does not need to sit for a JAMB Examination to gain entry into NOUN, however, one must have at least five Credits in WAEC.
National Open University of Nigeria values not only the educational life of her students but also all other aspects of their lives such as family, business, experience and so on. The University runs Full Time and also Flexible Programs which will enable the students to choose the number of courses to enrol for according to their convenience. However, the Program will be elongated as the number of courses reduces; He stated.
He further disclosed that the institution started in 1983, it was suspended only to be reintroduced by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who is an alumnus of the institution. NOUN has about 56 Study Centres throughout the country and still counting, students do not necessarily need to attend classes as the institution has provided them with e-materials to study, they may however decide to read at the varsity premises.
He then urged Kabiyesi, Oba Aremu Gbadebo to spread the message to the public so that people would know more about NOUN.
The Alake in his response said there is no ending to education; he added that even he engaged in an examination online some weeks back. He further stated that the process is not easy because as one gets old, one finds it hard to keep to that which has been learnt because one will eventually have many other things to think about.
He further added that it is never too late to be educated and that people should stop referring to old ones enrolling for education ” Igbayi l’aroo”.
In the entourage of the Director, was Dr. O. Adenuga, Mrs O. Adeoye, Mr O. P. Adeyinka, Mrs Shina Owolabi, Mrs K. O. Bankole, Mrs M. Njeze, Mrs O. T. Adebayo, and Mrs A. Oyedele.
Among the Obas and High Chiefs present at the Palace were; the Olu okeodo, Onijaye titun, Olu siun, Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, Awise, Aare Egba, Agbaakin Chief Raji, Baamowe of Egbaland; Chief Adelekan, Aare Bobagunwa, Bada Asoju Oba, and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.