National Open University of Nigeria is a Federal Open and Distance Learning institution. The first of its kind in the West African sub-region.
It is Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of student number. In short form, it is ‘NOUN’. The university prides itself in its quality courses that attract multitudes of students each year.
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is scheduled to resume normal academic activities tomorrow. After six months of a break following the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Director, Media and Publicity, NOUN, Mr. Ibrahim Sheme, said the decision to resume normal academic activities followed the recent decision of the Federal Government. On the re-opening of all academic institutions.
The institution suspended all academic activities on March 20, 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
However, all members of staff were directed to resume duty tomorrow. And asked to strictly abide by all the known COVID-19 safety protocols while at work.
Sheme said the university Registrar, Mr. Felix Edoka, as saying breach of COVID-19 protocols would not be tolerated.
The vice-chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu,
said that NOUN by its foundational philosophy and mode of operation can’t be hindered in discharging its responsibilities.
He also said: “It is noteworthy that NOUN students were able to continue with their studies from home during the six-month lockdown.”
“The university, being an Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution, requires no classroom attendance.”
He added that the university would put necessary machinery in motion. So, monitor and ensure that all academic staff of the university maintain regular interaction with their students. Even during this Covid-19 lockdown and beyond. He warned that erring lecturers would be sanctioned accordingly.