By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Mr Ggbadamosi Kamal, the President-elect of National Open University of Nigeria Alumni Association(NOUNAA), says the group’s membership has risen up to 50,000.
Kamal, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, said that the strength of the association made it one of the biggest alumni in the country.
He urged all members of NOUNAA to embrace peace in order to move the association forward.
“We will try to resolve all misunderstandings in the alumni; I urge all the members to bring their experience to bear on the association.
“This is the biggest alumni association in Africa with 50,000 members.
“NOUN is locally and internationally recognised and we want to ensure that quality and good standard is maintained in the school as well as among the members of the alumni.’’
According to him, the problems of acceptance into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Nigeria Law School will be addressed.
He said that NOUN graduated up to 5,000 to 10,000 students every year, adding that it would be difficult to admit the large number of NOUN graduates into the scheme.
“If close to 10,000 students from NOUN alone would go for NYSC, imagine the cost implication for the Federal Government.
“Secondly, how many organisations will be ready to accept these students alongside graduates from other institutions?
“We will look at the nitty gritty of the matter by setting up a committee to see how those that will be relevant for NYSC are accepted,” he said.
NOUNAA had on Saturday held its 2016 election in Abuja, where Kamal was elected National President.
Mr Usman Shaibu was elected Deputy National President, while Mr Gamaliel Agbara was elected National Secretary.