In a brief discussion with delegates from the National Open University of Nigeria on the 21st of January 2023, Hon. Babajimi Benson MHR has pledged to support the institution with a teaching complex.
Working currently to open a model study centre in Ikorodu, the institution’s team met with the national legislator, seeking Rep. Benson’s assistance to strengthen the academic body as it extends its teaching arm to the waterbed region.
The meeting was held at the constituency office of the federal lawgiver, which was also graced by the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo kingdom, HRM, Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali and Executive Chairman of Ikorodu West LCDA, Hon. Sulaimon Olanrewaju.
Speaking to Ikorodu News Network (INN), the pioneer director of the National Open University of Nigeria, Ikorodu Model study centre, Prof. Ajibola Saheed Oluwatoyin remarked that NOUN is coming to Ikorodu because most of its registered students in the mainland are showing up from Ikorodu axis, which became a spurring factor to expand.
Explaining the essence of meeting Rep. Benson, Prof. Ajibola Saheed Oluwatoyin, a professor of applied mathematics and also the immediate past NOUN Dean Faculty of Sciences, said the need for scholarship arouse due to learners who lack foundational funds.
Prof. Ajibola continued, “Presently, we have 3 study centres (at Obalende, Victoria Island and Apapa study centre) in Lagos State, Ikorodu, being a household name is due for a teaching annex”.
“We’re establishing Ikorodu model study centre to reduce the cost of transportation incurred by students coming to study with us on the mainland”.
Distinguishing his institutional mode of studying, Prof. Ajibola explained the effectiveness of NOUN’s open and distant learning, adding that the institution eliminates the bottleneck of passing JAMB.
He further noted that with over 100 study centres in Nigeria, the institution correlates the same valid educational standards.
“The strike doesn’t affect us here at NOUN and a first-class student from NOUN is considered first-class around the world”.
“We’re looking at officially starting up the institution with about 5,000 students between January and February of 2023” Prof. Ajibola asserted
While thanking Rep. Jimi Benson for affirming his sudden commitment to the educational course, Prof. Ajibola urged the council bosses across the LG/LCDAs to support forthcoming students with bursaries.
In 2022, the National Open University of Nigeria graduated over 22,000 students despite the strike that affected other institutions around the country.