The University National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has recently closed another illegal study centre in Ankpa, Kogi State.
This was made known by the members of the university’s Committee on Illegal Study Centres while speaking with newsmen of recent.
According to them, the illegal centre, allegedly operated by one Professor Abdullahi, was domiciled in the premises of St. Charles College in the State.
The principal of the college, Mr Adama Umaru Roberts, reportedly noted that, “This college is a Catholic school. Before anyone does anything in the premises of a mission school like ours, he must obtain authorisation from the Catholic Education Directorate.
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”When Abdullahi approached our former principal on this issue, the director in charge of Education in the Arch-Diocese was contacted. The later asked him to put the request in writing, but he never did.
Mr. John James Ubaji, the Deputy Registrar (Council Affairs), who led the NOUN team, stressed that there is no single study centre of the university which is owned by an individual. Every study centre of NOUN is owned by the community in which it is sited.
He added that a state, local government, community or an organisation can apply for a study centre and it will be established for them when all conditions are met.
It will be recalled that the University recently closed down five illegal study centres operating in different parts of Lagos.
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