The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, is among the 16 PhD students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos.
Abdalla also said that there had been an increase in the number of senior citizens studying in NOUN.
“We have people in their 70s who are studying in our university; these people are not studying because of they are looking for a career, they are studying because they simply want to learn something about the world.
“We feel very proud that we are giving them an opportunity to study, somebody who is 77 years old still wants to learn something. That is an inspiration to younger people.
“We now have a fully established postgraduate school, We also have a business school which teaches MBA, transport technology and a whole bunch of other things on a professional level.
“The postgraduate school runs conventional masters of sciences and PhD programmes.
Abdalla said that NOUN had produced only one PhD graduate in its 18 years of existence.
He gave the assurance said that the inclusion of postgraduate school in NOUN programmes would not change its focus on undergraduate studies.
“The last batch of students we admitted at the PhD level includes the accountant-general of the federation; they were about 16 of them last year.
“PhD is not about the degree but the process, Teaching PhD online is not going to be the same as teaching undergraduates; hence, we reduced the number of PhD to less than 20 students; we want face-to-face contact with them to take them through,” he said.
The professor also provided data on the number of students who graduated from the citadel of learning in the past three years.
“We have all ranges of students at NOUN but the minimum age for admission is 18 years.
He added that the school had established Centre for Migration and Global Studies and also the Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for African Studies where subjects like insurgency, musical performances could be studied.