The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters, has explained why the academic staff of NOUN were unable to partake in the ongoing ASUU Strike.
The VC explained at a press conference on Tuesday, held in view of the 11th convocation ceremony, slated for Saturday, March 26, 2022.
According to Peters, NOUN’s university structure does not allow for lecturers to join the ASUU strike, as students of the school have “special” drive to read and study, which made the university to discourage its staff from joining the national strike.
“In regard to ASUU agitations, yes, we do have agitations, that is normal in any human association but these universities do not accept that for the fact that our students are different from conventional universities.
“Our students have special motivation to read and study because of that we discourage our staff from joining the national strike but they have every reason to have unions among themselves but we have restricted that because our students are not students who are different.
“We are going to graduate 22, 250 students. This is wonderful. I don’t think there is any university that has this large turnout of people who are judged to be worthy in both learning and character,” he said.