Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked the Vice Chancellor of Nigerian Open University, NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, to apologise to him over claims by the VC that the university pays him N40, 000 annually as one of its facilitators.
Obasanjo, in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Kehinde Akinyemi in Abuja on Wednesday, stated that his service at the university was free and without charges.
The former president said the statement credited to the institution’s head was “embarrassing, uncharitable, mischievous and in bad taste.”
“In putting the records in right perspective, His Excellency which 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.
“Specifically in Paragraph 3 of the letter, President 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.’
“The former President affirmed that he has not received any dime either as salaries or otherwise from the university and not planning for such now or forever, as stated in his letter that the appointment was received with ‘pleasure and duty to give back to others out of what God and NOUN have given me.’,” the statement said.