Students who seek to study law at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) may have to think twice following a new order by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Daily Post reports that the executive secretary of the commission, Professor Julius Okojie, informed newsmen during an interactive session on Thurdsay, July 16, that the new development would continue that way until some issues with the Council on Legal Education (CLE) have been resolved.
It was gathered that the CLE has refused to allow the institution’s law graduates get into the Nigerian Law School, with the claim that the teaching and study of law cannot be done by correspondence.
The NUC said: “This matter is being addressed because it is between us, CLE and the university.
“What we have done in the interim is stop new intake into that programme so that they do not have a backlog; we are addressing the issue.
“I must say that the law programme in National Open University (NOUN) was approved by the NUC; it is our responsibility.
“When CLE came up with the idea of no part time law, NOUN did not consider law a part time programme by their mode; so they did not stop the programme.”
Professor Okojie noted further that the institution’s law programme is not seen as part time while also urging the council to admit NOUN’s law graduates and approve a quota for the institution in terms of students they can admit to law school.
This new decision comes just as an unregistered university in Delta state was recently sealed off by the NUC for illegal operation.
Nigerian Tribune reports that this recent act was carried out by the NUC in collaboration with officers of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday, June 23.
The coordinator of the institution, World Mission University, as well as the support staff were also arrested by the agency during the operation on the institution which is located along the Old Sapele road Abraka, just a distance from the Delta State University (DELSU).