NOUN: An open let­ter to Prof. Tenebe “

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Cor­rup­tion is the main ob­sta­cle to Nige­ria’s eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment,” this was em­phat­i­cally echoed by the Vice Chan­cel­lor of the Na­tional Open Univer­sity of Nige­ria (NOUN), Pro­fes­sor Vin­cent Ado Tenebe at the public pre­sen­ta­tion of a book ti­tled, “Nige­ria, The Way Through Cor­rup­tion To The Well Be­ing Of A Peo­ple.” When I made up my mind to ex­pose the cor­rupt prac­tices at cer­tain NOUN Study Cen­ters across the coun­try, lit­tle did I know that Pro­fes­sor Tenebe had pre­vi­ously con­demned the act with­out minc­ing words. Sir, there the preva­lence of pan­demic cor­rup­tion at some study cen­ters of the Na­tional Open Univer­sity of Nige­ria (NOUN); please we all need your help.

First, stu­dents paid f or course ma­te­ri­als at t he be­gin­ning of the se­mes­ter, but end­ing up get­ting noth­ing; I thought the univer­sity may not have made suf­fi­cient course ma­te­rial, then, THIS - Uyo Study Cen­ter is rid­dled with acts of cor­rup­tion prop­a­gated by some Ad­min Of­fi­cers at the Uyo Study Cen­ter of NOUN. Su­per­vi­sors of fi­nal year stu­dents’ projects at the Uyo Study Cen­ter of NOUN put stu­dents en­trusted to their care un­der un­war­ranted ten­sion and pres­sure. A su­per­vi­sor would shame­lessly but boldly de­mand that a stu­dent strug­gling to raise funds to see him/her­self through school for the sum of N15,000 to N20,000 be­fore a stu­dent would be given the fi­nal draft of his/her pro­ject for typ­ing. Fail­ure to com­ply, the con­se­quences are for the stu­dents to bear. Is the hon­or­able pro­fes­sor aware of these rot­ten eggs in his bas­ket?

I call on these in­di­vid­u­als at NOUN’s Uyo Study Cen­ter to be in­ves­ti­gated; if not re­lieved of their du­ties im­me­di­ately be­cause these stu­dents in ques­tion are meant to sub­mit their fi­nal projects to the univer­sity on 20th Oc­to­ber, 2015 (just about a week away), but the lack of N20, 000 or the not let­ting go of N20, 000 could see them not grad­u­ate as at when they are meant to do so. Please Sir, the fate of these “younger peo­ple un­der­go­ing ed­u­ca­tional train­ing” at your univer­sity is in your hands, please help!

Larry I Ak­pan, lar­ry­isang. ak­


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