NOUN apologises to Obasanjo over N40,000 salary report

NOUN apologises to Obasanjo over N40,000 salary report

- The National Open University of Nigeria has apologised to Olusegun Obasanjo over report that he is being paid by the university

- It was earlier reported that the VC of NOUN said Obasanjo earned N40,000 per annum as a lecturer

- In reaction, the former president denied being paid, asking the university to apologise for the embarrassment

- NOUN in its reaction disclosed that the former president is rendering free services to the university as a facilitator

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has tendered unreserved apology to the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, over a news report that he was taking on the payroll of the university as a facilitator.

The university further made it clear that the elder statesman had accepted to be rendering free services to the university in the same capacity.

The university made this known on Thursday, March 21, in Abuja, through a statement signed by Ibrahim Sheme, its director of media and publicity.

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The university said it was reacting to a story in a national newspaper on Wednesday that Obasanjo earns N40,000 per annum as “NOUN lecturer’’.

It explained that the story emanated from a press conference held by the vice-chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, on Tuesday, March 19, ahead of the university’s 8th Convocation Ceremony slated for Saturday.

It said: “While we remain grateful to all the media houses that give our activities positive coverage, we insist that their news reports should always be accurate and diligent.

“While it is true that the VC had told the gathering of journalists and NOUN staff present at the conference that the university had offered the former president, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo a facilitation appointment, the honorarium mentioned in the newspaper publications is the generic amount the university issues in the appointment letters of all facilitators."

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It however said that “His Excellency, Chief Obasanjo, in his acceptance letter to the university, however, decided to render his services on a pro bono basis, i.e. free of charge."

It denied that Prof. Adamu ever said at the event that the former president had taken or intended to accept any payment or salary for his services.

“For the records, therefore, we wish to clarify that His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is offering his services as a facilitator to NOUN absolutely free of charge and with no strings attached.

“The former president told the university that his decision was premised on the fact that he is giving back to the society out of the great bounties God and the university have given him.

“For this laudable and patriotic gesture of his, we remain immensely indebted to the former President and elder statesman,” the university said.

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It added that the registrar, Felix Edoka, had expressed the university’s regret over the inconveniences and embarrassment the newspaper publications might have caused to him.

Meanwhile, had reported that former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, denied report that he received an annual payment as facilitator of the NOUN.

The former president in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Wednesday, March 20, reacted to the claim made by the vice chancellor of the university, Abdalla Adamu, who had said Obasanjo receives “N40,000 annually as an allowance for being a facilitator of the university.” ( --> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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