Precisely, on 6 December, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari revived the hopes of law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) through his assent to the NOUN (Amendment) Act 2018 after it was passed by the National Assembly. It must be noted that these innocent trapped students did not beg the federal government to establish the Faculty of Law in the university. Government at will did and advertised for admission openly to the general public.
When they were undergoing the programme, nobody raised objection and sadly, they were taught by qualified law lecturers from other accredited universities in the country, including Professor Itse Sagay (SAN) who developed NOUN’s Constitutional Law 1 & 2 Course material.
Other highly respected lecturers include; Professor Abiodun Amuda-Kannike (SAN) who is presently Dean, Faculty of Law at Kwara State University (KWASU), among others. Again, NOUN and all universities in the country use the same course outlines approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Is it then possible that these lecturers taught NOUN law graduates in a different way?
When President Buhari intervened, the entire nation rejoiced and hailed the intervention hoping that the crisis which held these law students of the federal government-owned and accredited Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution to ransom since 2013 when the first set of the Faculty of Law graduated had come to an end. But the plotters and schemers are resolute and vow to frustrate these students until they go into their graves.
The amendment by the Senate under the leadership of Dr. Bukola Saraki, after a public-hearing, was to remedy the controversial clause “Correspondence” in the hitherto NOUN Act and changed it to “Full-time” which the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and Body of Benchers (BOB) capitalized on to deny the graduates of the university admission quota into the Nigerian Law School for their vocational training like their counterparts from other universities in and outside the country.
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