The National Open University of Nigeria,(NOUN) on Friday shut down five illegal study centres operating in different parts of Lagos State. The Director, Media and Information of the institution, Malam Ibrahim Sheme, said the decision was taken following reports from some concerned Nigerians. Important:
The management had to set up a committee to monitor the activities of its study centres nationwide, in the interest of the general public. He said, “We will continue to clamp down on the activities of such centres, whose main aim is to defraud Nigerians of their hard-earned incomes, given the economic situation in the country today. “We just visited Lagos to monitor our centres and their operations and discovered five illegal study centres operating there. “Anyone who wants to run a study centre must go through due process by officially registering with the institution, subject to meeting all the la!d-down criteria. “It is not by doing it illegally or by way of fraud.
Those who discuss with NOUN for such purpose are given permission to do that, after meeting the prescribed requirements.” Sheme said that all those found guilty would be made to face the law. He also criticized the collaboration of owners of some major schools by allowing operators of such centres to use the centres in their institutions.
Sheme stressed that such school owners found alongside the operators of the illegal study centres would also be prosecuted, stating that ignorance of the law was not an excuse.