The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has said, from now on, it would produce students’ study materials and other documents in its new printing press, which would be ready in January 2019.
In a statement, NOUN’s Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Ibrahim Sheme, said the university has acquired state of the art machines capable of handling the university’s printing needs.
He added that this was an innovative move by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, targeted at cutting the high cost of outsourcing the production of students’ study materials and maximising internal efficiency.
Sheme revealed that NOUN has registered a commercial entity with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) so that it can handle other customers’ printing jobs.
He quoted the Vice-Chancellor giving reasons for this move, “First, many commercial printers force us to print more copies of study materials that we need, all in the name of the ‘the more, the cheaper’.
“This is more so for courses with few students. Yet we always end up with thousands of course materials as surplus and eventually have to dispose of them at a loss.
“Secondly, we discovered that many Study Centres complain of lack of study materials, even though these are uploaded as PDF files on our website. But we do understand that many people would prefer to have the printed versions as they may not have access to the internet at all times.
“The cumbersome process of outsourcing the printing of the study materials means that students will have to wait for weeks or even months before the materials get to them. With the establishment of our own press, we have now eliminated the need for contracting the printing of any type of printed material – whether study materials, calendars, banners, posters, fliers, journals, magazines, academic books, or monographs,” he said.