NOUN to confer doctorate degree on Innoson Motors CEO, reintroduce law programme


The National Open University of Nigeria ( NOUN) will confer honorary doctorate degree on the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer(CEO)of Innoson Motors , Chief Innocent Chukwuma during its 13th convocation ceremony.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Olufemi Peters disclosed this at a preconvocation press conference held in Abuja ahead of the event on Saturday.

He said Hajia Hafsatu Abdulwaheed, the first female novelist in northern Nigeria, would also be conferred honorary doctorate degree on the occasion.

He said first degree graduates of the university would soon start participating in the National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC).

Prof Peters,who informed that the university was currently engaging the management of NYSC to that effect,said graduates deemed to have qualified to serve, would be mobilized.

He said the institution would soon commence Law programme after it was suspended based on advice of the Council of Legal Education.

According to him,talks with the Council to that effect had reached advanced stage.

He disclosed that 22,175 students would graduate at its 13th Convocation ceremony slated for Saturday,this week.

The Vice Chancellor said 22 of the graduating students had First Class, about 1,886 having Second Class Upper, 8,427 students are graduating with Second Class Lower while 3,782 others are leaving the school with Third Class.

According to him,15,768 students were graduating from first degree graduates while 6,407 were graduates from post-graduate studies.

“This year, a total number of graduands that we have is 22,175 students across our various campuses.

He said:“Of this number, 15,768 are for undergraduate degrees while 6,407 are for post-graduate degrees.

“The analysis of the undergraduate will be presented fully in my address at the convocation, but just to paraphrase, all the faculties have representation of undergraduates with the faculty of social sciences having the largest number of graduands

“Out of this undergraduates, we have 22 of them with First Class, about 1,886 Second Class Upper and about 8,427 students with Second Class Lower and about 3,782 with Third Class.

“For the post-graduates, we have post graduate diplomas in various fields like Agriculture, Art, Education, Management Sciences and Social Sciences, totalling 2,362, and 4,039 will be graduating with Master degrees.

“I’m happy to report that we have 6 PhDs graduate which is an indication that the University is gradually moving towards establishing a more robust post-graduate school.”

He added that there would be a convocation lecture on Friday, to be delivered by the Vice Chancellor of Open University of Tanzania, Professor Elifas Bisanda.

Prof. Peters, who also said NOUN had increased its study centers from the initial 17 to 120 centers spread across the country, expressed happiness that the institution had surmounted most of the challenges it faced in the past.


Prof. Peters said the building of the Faculty of Law will begin this year as part of the outcomes from engagement with the Council on Legal Education.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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