Former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, said he would have loved to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), but was disqualified because of his age.
The former President said this when he was decorated as grand patron of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Alumni Association at a meeting with the executives of the NOUN Alumni Association, led by Mr Phil Colman, President and Mr Ayeni Olutope, Southwest Vice-President at his Hilltop residence, in Abeokuta.
Obasanjo who is an alumnus of NOUN bagging a degree in Theology, said; “Somebody wrote me a letter when he got to know that I have graduated from NOUN, he wanted me to do national youth service, but unfortunately for him there is age limit.”
Obasanjo noted that the establishment of NOUN has presented a unique opportunity for Nigerians to have access to higher education in the country.
He also said that the academic and professional issues surrounding the accreditation of Law as a course being offered at NOUN by the National University Commission and the Nigerian Law School would soon be resolved, adding that law graduates of the University would have opportunity to undergo compulsory one year programme at the Nigerian Law School.
In his remarks, the Ogun State chairman of NOUNAA, Chief Bode Mustapha, urged Nigerians to make use of the NOUN opportunity.
He stated that the institution now boasts of a royal father, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona as a law student and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun State as a student of Theology.