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NOUN Speaks On Delay In Certificate Issuance, Blames Large Number Of Graduates

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The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has clarified the reason for the delay in issuing certificates to its graduates, attributing it to the large number of students who graduate every year.

According to the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Sheme, NOUN issues certificates to graduates starting from Convocation Day, but the sheer volume of students makes it impossible to distribute all certificates on the same day or within a few days.

According to him, “NOUN always gives certificates to graduates starting from Convocation Day and continuing into the few days following the ceremony.”

He added that “The sheer number of students who graduate every year, which is the largest in the Nigerian university system, makes it impossible to give certificates to all and sundry on a single day or even few days.”

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He claimed that certificates are given depending on the emergency of such issuance.

“Sometimes the certificates are given a week or so afterwards; it depends on the exigency of the particular year.”

“Like the one of this year, the certificates will be distributed after the ongoing examinations. So if you say the university fails to issue certificates to students after graduation.”

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“I would ask you if there has been a single year that the certificates were not given in the last twenty years.”

Sheme also denied that some students who are transferred from one department to another department have not been graduated.

“That’s not true. All these have been done, most especially the former students of Communication Technology who transferred to Information Technology.

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“Those who met the requirements for graduation have graduated.”

When quipped about the instances of the students of the environmental toxicology department transferred to Environmental science cited in the story published by SaharaReporters, he failed to reply.

SaharaReporters had reported that how “multiple graduates” of the school lamented how they spent monies running into hundreds of thousands in the school but failed to have a certificate to show for their years spent.

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The report had further said that all of the students of the environmental management and toxicology department who got admitted in 2017 are yet to be graduated as of 2024 , about seven years after their admission.

Another victim of this development, who finished from the Criminology department noted that despite spending about a million to undertake a degree program in the institution, he is yet to receive a certificate after graduating in July 2023.

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