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Why we named Centre after Obasanjo - NOUN

Why we named Centre after Obasanjo - NOUN

The National Open University of Ni­geria (NOUN) has attributed the in­stitution’s naming of its Good Governance and Development Research Centre after former President Olusegun Obasanjo to his contri­butions to the revival and sustenance of the school.
NOUN Vice Chan­cellor, Prof Abdalla Uba Adamu, told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, ahead of the inaugural lecture of the Centre, that Obasanjo resus­citated the school in 2003, decades after it was suspended due to logistics problems.
His words: “His Ex­cellency Olusegun Obasanjo is a former president. He was the president who resusci­tated the university af­ter it was suspended in 1984 as a result of logis­tics problems. The uni­versity was resuscitated in 2003, we feel instead of just calling it Centre for Good Governance, we should name it after him and he graciously agreed and accepted.
“Then, like Oliver Twist, we also kindly requested his indul­gence to deliver the first inaugural lecture of this centre and he agreed. He is also the first person to do this particular lecture be­cause he is a student of this university and he is currently doing his Ph.D. in Theology and he has almost complet­ed his proposal stage.
“He is also a role model because this is 80-year old plus indi­vidual, who is studying for a degree, he is not studying for the degree because he needs job or money, he is doing it for the sake of knowl­edge.”
Speaking on the in­augural lecture, the Director of the Centre, Prof Abdullahi Shehu, said that the event which is scheduled for May 2, 2017, in Abuja, would attract prominent dignitar­ies including President Muhammadu Buhari, ex-Ghanaian President, John Mahama, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloma Mariam Muk­tar, ministers, among others.
According to Shehu, the lecture which is aimed at deepening de­mocracy and contrib­ute to nation building would see the former president speaking on the topic, “Leadership, governance and the challenges of develop­ment in Nigeria: the way forward.”

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