Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu has moved a step closer towards securing studios for the practicals of both radio and television courses by the students of Mass Communication of the university.
Adamu, along with his team comprising principal officers, submitted a Mutual of Understanding (MoU) document to the Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Mansur Liman, in Abuja.
The partnership, according to Adamu, aims to provide NOUN students of mass communication with an avenue for practicals and other tutorials requiring hands on deck for effective learning.
"Practical is a critical component to the study of Mass Communication, and about four of its BMAS (Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard) demands a practical exposure of the students. You can imagine three to four thousand students, where will they go and do practicals? And we don't have a laboratory.
"A thinking came to us that there is a laboratory in FRCN and NTA scattered all over the country, why don't we exploit the possibility of creating an understanding that our students can use these facilties, MDAs to MDAs," he said.
According to Adamu, securing a place for NOUN Mass Communication students to undertake practicals in the course of their study is central to their graduation and NUC accreditation.
He said "in view of NOUN population of over 421,000 students unevenly distributed across the country, the national spread of FRCN will enable NOUN students littered across the country to access ready studios for practicals easily."
Prof. Adamu, who had earlier took time to sufficiently furnished his host with the historical antecedents and dynamism of the university, added that "We are here to solicit your cooperation and understanding to enable the students of NOUN, where ever they are, when the time come for them to access themselves with radio facilities to understand control room, radio ethics, journalism etc, they can use FRCN facilities anywhere in the country as their laboratory."
Adamu emphasised that the partnership is expected not to add any economic burden to these students but to expose them to the practical rudiments of their profession.
He then presented a draft MoU of the agreement to the Director General of FRCN, Dr. Mansur Liman for his perusal and subsequent consent.
Responding, Liman welcomed the VC and his delegation for choosing FRCN for the task, which according to him; the radio station is already lending its facilities to students of mass communication across the country as a social responsibility.
He added that his team would look at the draft agreement critically with the purpose of implementation.
The Director-General thanked the federal government for appointing Professor Adamu, a man he described as "a vast reservoir of experience" to continue to steer the ship of the largest university in the country.
I really commend the effort of the VC on this developemnt