The National Open University of Nigeria on Monday said it would award degrees to 14 , 771 students in its seventh convocation , including a Doctor of Philosophy degree to former President Olusegun Obasanjo , and a Bachelor ’ s Degree to twOU inmates who finished from its Enugu Study Centre , Enugu State .
The NOUN Vice- Chancellor, Prof Abdalla Adamu , who stated this during a briefing in Abuja to announce the convocation , said Obasanjo was the first Ph . D. graduate and got the degree in Christian Theology , having satisfied the academic requirements .
The VC noted that there were 41 First Class students among the graduates .
Adamu said the university, with a current population of 450 , 000 registered students in the database and 180 , 000 active students , had reached out to partner open universities in European and African countries for research development .
He said , “ This convocation is the most historical in our history as a university for two reasons. First , one of our graduates is the first Doctor of Philosophy we are producing. That is, former President Olusegun Obasanjo . Despite the fact that we have been in existence for years , we have not been able to produce Ph . D . graduates , because we first had to graduate lots of Bachelors and Masters degrees .
“ The only candidate who went through the Master of Philosophy to the Ph . D. so far is former President Obasanjo . The senate has approved that he be awarded Ph . D . in Christian Theology . He started his programme from the scratch even before I came on board in 2016 . He did the examinations , proposal defence , external defence and other requirements .
“ Also , this year , we have a record number of 14 , 771 students for graduation . People may be wondering how we are able to graduate such number of students but the answer is simply data management . Before I came , all data information and management of the university was handled by external vendors .
“ But we since decided to have information , communication and data management departments which now handle our information management . They are located within the university. That means that we are able to clear many more students for graduation . ”
The university Registrar , Felix Edoka , confirmed that there were two prisoners among the graduates from the NOUN, Enugu Study Centre .
Edoka , however , did not give the names of the inmates.