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Reps invite legal education council, NUC over termination of NOUN law programme

The House of Representatives has invited the acting Executive Secretary, National University Commission and the Director-General, Council of Legal Education over termination of the law programme at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Others invited included heads of the Nigeria Law School, the Chairman, Board of Benchers, and the Vice Chancellor of the NOUN.

This followed a resolution at a meeting between the VC of NOUN, Prof. Olufemi Peters and some aggrieved final-year law students with the Chairman, House Committee on University Education, Abubakar Fulata, in Abuja on Thursday.

The programme was allegedly terminated by NOUN, claiming the university senate’s action was based on the directive of the Council of Legal Education.

The chairman urged the Minister of Education and heads of other relevant agencies to work towards eliminating the devastating menace associated with the fall in the standard of education in Nigeria.

He said strikes, insecurity, inadequate funding, and infrastructural facilities, among others, could be tackled with the commitment and cooperation of stakeholders, including NASS.

Mr Fulata said it was possible through evolving new but effective methods while also enforcing the existing ones.

Strikes, insecurity, inadequate funding, and infrastructural facilities, among others, could be tackled with the commitment and cooperation of stakeholders.

This, according to him, involves re-strategising in addition to providing adequate appropriation for the maintenance of infrastructure.

He said this would successfully bring improvement to both the basic and tertiary education sub-sectors.

In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, said education was facing several challenges in the country.

The challenges, according to Mr Mamman, included the learning crisis, out-of-school children running to millions, and the security risk of the unemployability of graduates who lacked the required skills.

He said those who did well academically did so as a result of personal attributes and not because of the system.

According to him, the polytechnic which is supposed to provide the necessary skills lacks equipment. (NAN)

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