Former President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday said he had written to Council of Legal Education (CLE) over the purported refusal of CLE to admit law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) into the Nigerian Law School.
Obasanjo disclosed this while addressing the National Executive members of NOUN Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSA), led by Paul Ndi Oyemike, as well as NOUN Alumni, led by Lawal Olutoyin, who paid him a courtesy visit at his Hilltop mansion in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Tuesday.
Attending the Nigerian Law School is mandatory for law graduates before they are called to the Nigerian Bar.
The former President who graduated from NOUN and currently running his Masters and PHD programmes in the institution, insisted that NOUN was not running a correspondence programme but a full time study, adding that he receives lectures in the institution and not correspondence.
“I’ve written to the CLE but it seems some people out there didn’t get it right,” Obasanjo said, adding; “they said the school of law is offering correspondence programmes and I said it to anyone I met that I graduated from the school and I am presently running my Masters and PHD in NOUN, so the notion is incorrect.”
Obasanjo said that undermining any part or portion in NOUN is undermining the whole institution, adding that such development will be resisted.
He added that NOUN is a novel institution that is growing everyday, saying the institution’s management were also working hard to further develop the school.
He however urged students particularly law graduates of NOUN to be patient with the authorities, saying getting accreditation is not automatic.
Controversy has been trailing the disbanding of law graduates of NOUN, a federal university accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) by the Council of Legal Education (CLE), saddled with the responsibility of admitting law graduates into the Nigerian Law School, a prerequisite to qualify as a lawyer.