VICE Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Tenebe, has said that arrangements have reached an advance stage for graduates of the institution that are within the stipulated age to be allowed to participate in the one-year compulsory National Youth Service Corprs (NYSC).
Speaking to journalists in Kaduna on Monday, the vice-chancellor said they were mindful of the youths who were coming into NOUN fresh and had reached an agreement with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) which had made it mandatory for them to pay for every graduate within the age of participating in the scheme so that they could send names to NYSC.
“We have just done that, so all our graduates who are below the age of 30 will key into the NYSC system. I will also use this forum to tell the Federal Government that you do not deprive any graduate of Open University who is supposed to go for NYSC, because if you do that, you will be discouraging the youths from coming into the system. If you discourage them from coming to the Open University, you don’t have space for them in the conventional universities.
“If you don’t allow them to go to the conventional universities, you are building up a population of illiterates. When you build a population of illiterates, you build up crises in your society and then you have a time bomb,” he said