Listening to Mr. Ade Ajani talk about the fate of the Law programme of the National Open University of Nigeria, one would easily feel his pain. That Ajani feels this way is not surprising. Five years into the programme, he has yet to know whether he will ever accomplish his childhood desire of becoming a lawyer.
He says, “Why is Nigeria different? Why are the authorities frustrating the genuine intentions of young Nigerians who are seeking to improve their knowledge and education? Perhaps, they prefer that we become touts and charlatans.
“I am worried about the status of law programme of this university. Why are the authorities always taking on the Law programme of the university? In many countries overseas, their open and distance learning institutions offer law programmes. So, how come it is not doable in Nigeria.” The former University of Lagos student is not alone in this tight corner. Mr. Winner Okereke, a Law graduate of NOUN, also falls into the category of students facing this psychological torture in terms of uncertainty about their future endeavour. Read more