The National Open University of Nigeria
said yesterday that it had identified and closed down five illegal study
centres operating in different parts of Lagos.
The
Director, Media and Information of the institution, Malam Ibrahim
Sheme, explained that the decision was taken following reports from some
concerned Nigerians.
He said that
NOUN had to constitute 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
laid-down criteria.
“It is not by
doing it illegally or by way of fraud. Those who discuss with NOUN for
such purposes are given permission to do that, after meeting the
prescribed requirements.”