Obasanjo denies earning as a lecturer at NOUN

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday denies a media report that he earns N40,000 as a lecturer at the National Open University, saying he was rendering the service pro, Bono

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Olusegun Obasanjo said this in a statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, saying the publication, which he said had generated mixed reactions from the general public and calls from far and near on the Elder statesman expressing concern.

The former President described the media report as embarrassing, uncharitable, mischievous and in bad taste.

He, however, called for immediate retraction and apology from the Office of the Vice Chancellor”.

The statement said that his attention was drawn to a newspaper report, published specifically on the newspaper of March 20, 2019 being Wednesday with the headline that that NOUN VC claims that Obasanjo earns 40,000 Naira as a lecturer in the university.

According to Olusegun Obasanjo, Ordinarily, this will have been unnecessary exercise, if it has been the usual shenanigans of the media to sell their newspapers, but, the very clear quotation of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abdalla Adam on the headline made this clarification imperative and to set the records straight on His Excellency’s engagement with the University.

“In putting the records in right perspective, His Excellency wishes to draw the attention of the Vice-Chancellor to his letter dated 12 April 2018, which was written to the University Registrar, Mr. Felix Edoka, when the Council offered him a Part-Time appointment as an Instructional Facilitator and Project Supervisor in the Faculty of Arts at the Abeokuta Study Centre

“Specifically in Paragraph 3 of the letter, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote: “I will gladly undertake any of the functions mentioned in paragraph two of your letter pro bono and I hope that the functions will be flexible enough to accommodate my rather tight schedule.”

In the statement, the former President Olusegun Obasanjo affirmed that he has not received any dime either as salaries or otherwise from the University and not planning for such now or forever.

He said this intention of his pro bono service was stated in his letter of appointment  which read with  “pleasure and duty to give back to others out of what God and NOUN have given me.”

Olusegun Obasanjo, The Elder statesman, further described the claim that has generated mixed reactions from Nigerians as embarrassing, uncharitable and mischievous and demanded immediate retraction and apology from the Office of the Vice Chancellor

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Posted: March 20, 2019, | Category: Local News
Source: TheVanguardngr

Ekene Ifechukwu

Ekene Ifechukwu is education writer. He has over 7 years experience in teaching and tutoring. He has taught in primary and secondary schools. He has affection for training children and young people. He aims at improving other people's lives through education.