It has become alarming to note that National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) the biggest or largest university in Africa in terms of students population is involved in such a magnitude of fraud per semester whereby thousands of her students will pay for course materials otherwise called ” Course Registration” per semester and yet will not be issued such course materials (books) at various Study Centres across the country.
This is worst that, in most cases, throughout the programme duration of a student either for a Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree or higher, such materials are not made available. One can observed that even in few cases where Course Materials (books) are issued, the percentage of issuance is around 20 Percent out of the total number of courses registered (paid) by a student.
For example the average student in NOUN pays or spends around Twenty Five Thousand Naira (N25,000) per semester for course registration (books) ; yet, in most cases they wont be issued any course material by the school at various Study Centre across the country with a flimsy excuse from the School that the books are not available. Even in cases where course materials (books)are issued out of the above estimate, it wont be more than two (2) course material on a cost value of around Five Thousand Naira (N5000) out of the paid amount of Twenty-Five Thousand Naira ( N25,000) per semester. This is to say NOUN is collecting N20,000 – N25,000 from each student per semester under the disguise of course materials (books) they did not issued to them.
Lets us assume that the total number of Students that usually register for a semeste in NOUN programme is Eighty Thousand (80,000) ( Although the number could be more than that as NOUN students pupulation is currently over One Hudred Thousand 100,000) per semester across Nigeria. Then, if we multiply that number of student by the estimate of N20,000 they are collecting per students for non-issued course material (books) i.e N80,000 × N20,000 = N1,600,000,000 (One Billion Six Hundred Million Naira) collected per semester.
We began to wonder, how can a single institution collect such huge amount of money from students per semester in the name of course materials (books) they never issued to anyone, and yet no body is probing into such funds collected per semester. If we multiply that amount by the two (2) semester run by NOUN per year, it will amount to Three Billion Two Hundred Million Naira (N3,200,000,000) collected by NOUN authorities per year. After collecting such amount of money they will still not issue the books and forced students to go and download PDF materials from their website.
We therefore call on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) , the Independent Corrrupt Practices Commission ( ICPC) and other similar organizations to probe into this glaring ongoing fraud in NOUN.
By Concerned Nigerians