The National Open University of Nigeria has made history as the first university in Nigeria to have three Deputy Vice Chancellors as opposed to the two

A statement issued on Tuesday by the NOIN Director (Media and Publicity), Ibrahim Sheme, titled, ‘NOUN now has three Deputy Vice Chancellors,’ said the innovation came with their appointment by the Governing Council of the institution based on the recommendation of the university Senate.

He said, “Professor Monioluwa Omolara Olaniyi was appointed the pioneer Deputy Vice-Chancellor Technology, Innovation and Research of the University.

“Prior to her appointment, she was the Dean, Faculty of Sciences.

“In a letter he released to the new DVC, dated July 23, 2021, the Registrar of NOUN, Felix Edoka, said, “I am pleased to inform you that the Governing Council, at its 66th meeting held on July 14 2021, approved your appointment as the pioneer Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Technology, Innovation and Research) following your election by the University Senate at its meeting held on July 7, 2021.”

The Registrar stated that the appointment took effect from July 14, 2021 for a period of two years.

He said, “As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Innovation & Research) you are expected to report to the Vice-Chancellor and to assist him in the day to day administration of the University.”

With the current development, Olaniyi is the second female emerging as DVC since the inception of NOUN.

Meanwhile, the Governing Council has approved the recommendation of the Senate for the appointment of Prof. Isaac Butswat as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), with effect from July 14, also for a period of two years.

Butswat was hitherto the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, NOUN.

NOUN is the only single-mode Open and Distance Learning University in Nigeria.

With a student population of over half a million and campuses located in every state of the federation, it is also the largest tertiary education institution in the West African subregion.

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