– NOUN has released an official statement to apologize to the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
– The university further emphasized that the services that Obasanjo renders are free of charge.
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), through its Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Ibrahim Sheme has tendered an apology to the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over an alleged report that was released on Wednesday, that he was being paid by the university for being a facilitator.
The University released this officially in Abuja on Thursday, and made it clear that the former President was only rendering his services for free to the university.
Mr Ibrahim stated that the reaction was due a story released in a national newspaper on Wednesday that Obasanjo would earn N40,000 annually as a lecturer at NOUN.
According to him, the story emanated from a press conference held by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, on Tuesday, ahead of the university’s 8th Convocation Ceremony slated for Saturday.
It said: “While we remain grateful to all the media houses that give our activities positive coverage, we insist that their news reports should always be accurate and diligent.
“While it is true that the VC had told the gathering of journalists and NOUN staff present at the conference that the university had offered the former President, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo.
“A facilitation appointment, the honorarium mentioned in the newspaper publications is the generic amount the university issues in the appointment letters of all facilitators.”
He further emphasized that it was only out of goodwill that Obasanjo has decided to offer his valuable time to be a facilitator, on a part-time basis at the University’s Study Centre in Abeokuta, Ogun.
“For the records, therefore, we wish to clarify that His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is offering his services as a facilitator to NOUN absolutely free of charge and with no strings attached.
“The former President told the university that his decision was premised on the fact that he is giving back to the society out of the great bounties God and the university have given him.
“For this laudable and patriotic gesture of his, we remain immensely indebted to the former President and elder statesman,” he said.