The National Open University Students Association of Nigeria has expressed their dissatisfaction with the non-participation of its members in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
According to the National President of the association, Mr Nelson Nwaonicha, the policy of the non-inclusion of the graduates of the university in the NYSC programme was discriminatory.
He said that there was great pride in serving one’s country, as the NYSC gave every Nigerian graduate a sense of belonging, personal worth and recognition by one’s own nation.
Nwaonicha said that it would amount to abandonment and violation of the principle of federal character and integration, if a set of Nigerian students were not included in the scheme.
He said that the service was created to inculcate discipline in, educate and integrate the Nigerian youth, regardless of their institutional, cultural and social backgrounds.
The national president called on the management of the university to stop admitting students for law programmes, pending the approval of the Nigerian Law School.
He recalled that the first two sets of law graduates of the NOUN had not been admitted into the law school to be certified to practice their trade.