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You’re wrong, our courses are accredited, NOUN tells ‘Brekete Family’ host

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via ibroramalan@gmail.com, or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, has denied the claim by the proprietor and chairman of Abuja-based broadcast outfit, Human Rights Radio and Television, Ahmed Isa, that some of its academic programs were not accredited.

Mr Isa, popularly known as Ordinary President, had during his popular program “Brekete Family” on Thursday, alleged that the university was running some courses without accreditation.

Reacting, the NOUN Director of Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Sheme, in a statement on Sunday, described Mr Isa’s claim as “a piece of misleading information coated in a concern for the good of the people”.

“On Thursday, 6th October, 2022, while commenting on schools that apparently operate courses without government approval, Mr. Isa said in a huff on the daily programme which he hosts: ‘It’s just like National Open University of Nigeria wey dey do some courses without accreditation – 419!’.

“This glib statement, which Mr. Isa seems to relish repeating whenever it pleases him, may appear harmless to his unsuspecting listeners, but it was actually a piece of misleading information coated in a concern for the good of the people,” part of the statement read.

While expressing its dismay over the comment, the university wondered why an enlightened commentator like him would speak with such “crass ignorance” in a public forum where the listeners rely on him for credible information and guidance.

“A simple check at the National Universities Commission (NUC) or the NOUN itself would have assured him that all the academic programmes of the University are accredited,” the statement added.

“The NOUN prides itself on excellence and integrity in its service delivery and is committed to floating and operating only the courses that have NUC approval. The University would indeed never dabble in any underhand tactics in its task of delivering education through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.

“Towards this end, it has recorded great successes, much to the satisfaction of its over half a million students – the largest student body in any university in West Africa – and the admiration of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the global body of all Open Universities, as well as the Nairobi-based African Council of Distance Education (ACDE).

“We expect Mr Isa to always practise his career with conscience and not abuse the power and privilege that have come his way as media owner and host of a popular talk show,” the statement noted.

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