Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Former President Obasanjo, Was A Troublesome Student - National Open University

The Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe said Monday, that former President Olusegun Obasanjo had a rewarding post-graduate career with the institution, saying that he was however a troublesome student.

Tenebe stated this in Kaduna during the breaking of Ramadan fast parley with Muslim Journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) secretariat on Sunday.

Tenebe, who also highlighted the activities of the university, pointed out that the former President completed his Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) successfully.

The Vice Chancellor said: "When Obasanjo became a student of the institution, he thought that it was an easy thing to do. When he was given all the courses he realised it wasn't easy and so he had to differ his admission."

He added: "He said I would not take part in this until I finish my tenure as President and so he never studied while he was the President until he completed his tenure, then he started the course. He did a post graduate diploma in Christian theology. He was a very troublesome student because he will not start calling until 12 mid night and keep you online until about 2 a.m."

Tenebe further said, "every time he gives us trouble, we prayed that he graduates, of which he did, and his certificate is valid".

In the pursuit of his studies, he explained, Obasanjo defied all protocols, insisting on sitting among the students, even during examination periods.

"He would say I want to do the same thing others are doing. Obasanjo was a very brilliant student and I can tell you there were lots of controversies when his papers were being marked. I won't disclose the secret of how our papers are marked but they are marked in Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kano, Maiduguri and the markers will never know whose paper they are marking. So the old man is intelligent, his certificate is valid and was done according to rules and regulations of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC)."

Meanwhile, Professor Tenebe has disclosed that seven vice chancellors and two prominent monarchs (Oba and Emir) were undergoing degree programmes in NOUN.

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