Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is among over 5,000 students that would be graduating from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). He would be conferred with MA degree in Christian Theology.
The MA degree is under the School of Arts and Social Sciences and Obasanjo studied at NOUN Abeokuta study centre. His two are supervisors, Prof Isaac Ayegboyin, Head of Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan and Dr. Philip Tachin, lecturer in Systemic Theology Department.
Attempt by journalists to get the title of Obasanjo’s MA project proved abortive but it was learnt that the former President concluded his studies during the 2014/2015 academic session.
The graduation ceremony scheduled for Abuja next would attract stakeholders including the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, official of the National Universities Commission as well as associates of former President Obasanjo.
With his bagging of MA degree, the former President is one set to his desire to acquire PhD degree. Obasanjo while registering for his Postgraduate course in Lagos on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, promised to go for his PhD.
Obasanjo who his tenure as President resuscitated the National Open University of Nigeria, would be the star attraction at the 5th convocation ceremony scheduled to hold at University Village, National Open University of Nigeria, Cadastral Zone, Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway, Jabi-Abuja.
The Management of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has concluded arrangements to host the 5th Convocation Ceremony of the University.
The ceremony, which is slated for Friday and Saturday, 15th and 16thJanuary, 2016, will hold at the permanent site of the University, University Village, 91 Cadastral Zone,NnamdiAzikiwe Expressway, Jabi, Abuja.
Meanwhile, a statement signed by the NOUN Director, Media and Information, Dr. Ronke Ogunmakin said the convocation lecture with the topic ‘’Open and Distance Education and Socio-Economic Development’’, would be delivered by Prof. Nuhu Yaqub, Vice Chancellor, Sokoto State University, on Friday, January 15th, 2016. The lecture would be chaired by Prof. Sulaiman Elias Bogoro, Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
According to her, on Saturday, January 16th, 2016, the convocation ceremony would feature the conferment of certificates, diplomas, bachelor degrees, post graduate diplomas, masters and honorary doctorate degrees on thousands of graduates, who have been found worthy in character and learning and other deserving individuals.
Ogunmakin noted that the hosting of the 5th convocation at the permanent site of NOUN in Abuja, afforded the institution, the opportunity to inaugurate the Senate Building, which is the main administrative block of the university, the specialist hospital of the university sponsored by TETFUND, as well as the facilities meant to house the School of Health Sciences, which has already relocated to Abuja from Lagos.
She disclosed that at the convocation ceremony, the first Chancellor of NOUN, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Ambassador Lawrence Okolio Chikezie Agubuzu of Olo Kingdom, Ezeagu Local Government Area, Enugu State, would also be installed.
Soon after he left office, former President Obasanjo enrolled in NOUN and graduated in 2009 and on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, he registered for MA in Christian Theology. After his registration many prominent followed his foot step and enrolled in NOUN.