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NOUN Administration Demand More Slots For Law Graduates
NOUN Asks For Substitution of NYSC Letters Given to Graduates Since 2013
Their demands were as contained in a statement signed by Carl Umegboro, Chairman and Ado Garba, Asst. Secretary, NOUN Law Graduates Forum in Abuja.
According to NOUN, it was feasible for more slots to be given to the institution as graduates have delayed from proceeding to Law School since 2014.
It highlighted that this was due to the controversial clause in the Act establishing the university.
This is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari Recall on Dec. 7 assented to the NOUN Amendment Act, allowing the University to operate as all other universities with same power, functions and administrative structures.
The amendment act also resolved the protracted crisis which had hindered the law graduates of NOUN from proceeding to the Nigerian Law School accordingly for five years and also remedied the exclusion of graduates from participating in the NYSC scheme.
NOUN also appealed to the authorities for a substitution of the National Youth Service Corps letters issued to graduates of NOUN since 2013, saying that the letter categorised the graduates with ‘Open and Distance Learning’ mode and consequently, excluded them from participating in the NYSC scheme, irrespective of age of the students.
“Following the categorisation, the graduates have been facing extreme discrimination in the labour market, as most employers rebuff their applications over the clause in the NYSC letter.
“However, these categories of graduate, Open and Distance Learning have been excluded from participating in the NYSC by the Federal Government with effect from 2001”.
“We believe that considering the above issues will bring to perfection the good job by the National Assembly and finally, President Muhammadu Buhari by his assent to NOUN Amendment Act.
“So as to absolve as many as possible to remedy the backlogs for law school admission and the students’ discrimination generally.
”We have unalloyed confidence that Mr. President will always give priority to issues that will improve the welfare of the vulnerable masses, as he evidently committed to since 2015,” it said.