Graduates of National Open University of Nigeria have been expressing their grievances over the incessant discrimination against their certificate in the labour market.
Some of the students who graduated from the Open University last Saturday said that most employers, including government were not ready to employ them on the bases that they did not pass through conventional institutions.
Those who studied law had not been given the privilege to enroll in law school. The graduates also lamented that the government had refused to include them in the one year compulsory National Youth Service Programme.
Reacting to this, a university don and former President of the Acdemic Staff Union of University, ASUU, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the alleged discrimination against graduates of NOUN.
Awuzie said there is no point in subjecting graduates of the NOUN to such discrimination because the university was dully and legally established by the Federal Government. “It is a great disservice to both the graduates and the country at large if we continue with this trend, especially in the labour market. The same thing goes for NYSC and law school.
“It is the same government that established all these institutions, and so nothing should makes the certificates of one better or inferior to the other,’’ the former ASUU president said. He urged the government to include the NOUN graduates in the NYSC programme and sensitise employers of labour about the pedigree of the university.