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Obasanjo speaks on report of receiving salary as NOUN facilitator

- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said he has not received any salary from NOUN

- The former president described the claim that he receives payment as embarrassing

- Obasanjo demanded apology from the vice chancellor of the institution

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has denied report that he receives an annual payment as facilitator of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Premium Times reports that 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.”

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Akinyemi in the statement said: “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/Tutorial Facilitator and Project Supervisor in the Faculty of Arts at the Abeokuta Study Centre.”

Obasanjo noted that in his letter, he noted that:: “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.”

The former president said the statement attributed to the vice chancellor was embarrassing to him “having generated mixed reactions across the globe, hence, the need for the Vice-Chancellor to retract the statement and tender an apology.

“The publication, which has generated mixed reactions from the general public and calls from far and near on the Elder statesman expressing concern, is, to say the least, embarrassing, uncharitable, mischievous and in bad taste, with immediate demand for a retraction and apology from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor.”

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Legit.ng had reported that Professor Abdalla Adamu, the vice chancellor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Abeokuta study centre, revealed how much former President Olusegun Obasanjo earned annually as a supervisor at the university.

The Vice Chancellor (VC) made this known on Tuesday, March 20, at a press briefing in Abuja, where he said that Obasanjo had two students in Theological Studies he supervised.

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