Obviously rattled by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s public denial as well as his demand for apology, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, has washed his hands off media reports that they pay OBJ N40,000 for serving as a part-time lecturer in the school.
According to the man: “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, PhD, a facilitation appointment, the honorarium mentioned in the newspaper publications is the generic amount the University issues in the appointment letters of all facilitators.
”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. Prof. Adamu NEVER said at the press conference that Chief Obasanjo, PhD, had taken a kobo as payment or salary for his services. He was emphatic about the magnanimity of the former President and elder statesman in offering his valuable time to work for NOUN at its Study Centre in Abeokuta, Ogun State, as a facilitator on a part-time basis and free of charge”.
Signed by Felix I. Edoka, NOUN’s Registrar, the public statement/apology ended thus: “We also regret the inconveniences and embarrassment the newspaper publications caused His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, PhD.”
The VC, it would be recalled, had addressed the media on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.