Dear (Prospective) Student, 

Welcome to the website of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and  Lifelong Learning -(CESLL), National Open University of Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, the Director, and Lecturers of the Centre welcome your interest in studying at the National Open University of Nigeria.

These web pages contain information on:

  • The Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and Lifelong Learning -(CESLL).
  • The Staff of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and Lifelong Learning -(CESLL).
  • The Programmes available in the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and Lifelong Learning -(CESLL).
  • The Admission requirements for the programmes in the Centre.

We hope that the information contained in these webpages will be able to answer most of your questions but for further enquiries contact the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and  Lifelong Learning -(CESLL)

Please feel free to browse the information contained in the website.

Prof. Grace Jokcthan - Director

The Centre In General Perspective.

The Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) of the National Open University of Nigeria is located at the headquarters in Abuja.  It is equipped with recent technology that enables it to connect effective and efficiently with NOUN Study Centres and relevant institutions and agencies/partners all over the country and beyond.

Mandate Of Centre.

Considering the fact that education and knowledge are veritable means for achieving cultural, social and economic development, CLL is committed to providing open, distance and technology-mediated learning to the vulnerable populace of Nigeria, the less privileged literate and semi-literate citizens in various workplaces, the migrant fishermen, the nomadic herdsmen, the rural farmers, the out-of-school youths etc., who are by the very nature of their environment denied access to formal and /or further education, as well as  to the educated members of the public, i.e the professionals: the artisans, teachers, accountants, bankers, lawyers , doctors, engineers, politicians, self-employed business men and women who need further training and retraining in the forms of certificate and diploma courses , workshops , refresher courses, etc., in their professional areas or in new areas.

Thus, in essence, the Centre functions in a dual capacity as an academic unit as well as skills acquisition unit.  It runs sub-degree programmes at the Proficiency, Certificate and Diploma levels and provides training and retraining through long and short term job-oriented programmes, refresher courses, seminars and workshops to identified target groups in various industries and areas of learning, and promotes development of entrepreneurial capacity.  In executing the latter function, the Centre engages in fruitful collaborations with relevant public and private sector agencies/institutions and industry.


Distinctive Features.

CLL is unique and distinguished by several key features, prominent among which are:

  1.  Community–centeredness as it ensures that the people from the immediate community in which the University or University Study Centre is situated is the ultimate beneficiary of its educational and training activities.
  2. It is the only directorate of NOUN with the exclusive mandate to extend access to education at all levels to people who otherwise would have been denied requisite education due to insufficient matriculation entry qualifications as it offers Certificate and diploma courses that prepare learners for entry into other relevant programmes at various levels aimed at enhancing professional capacities.
  3. It explores new opportunities for capacity building offered by technological changes and research and learning while on the job.
  4. It is sensitive to priorities and needs as defined by its clientele, offers solutions appropriate to prevailing circumstances and conditions at the various workplace training centres or institutions in the country.
  5. Appropriate staff capacity and capabilities as the Centre is staffed with both qualified permanent staff and temporary resources personnel with years of ground breaking work experience in the field of Open and Distance Learning (ODL).


Work Plan Of Centre.

The Training Context.

While CLL may appear to be more active in the provision of education to people at the Certificate and Diploma levels, the Centre is equipped to provide training and retraining, long-term and short –term courses, refresher courses, seminars, workshops, etc., to institutions and corporate organizations, companies, banks, industries, to persons at all levels who are already employed in the country’s various workplaces.  This focus is in recognition of the fact that for an effective and efficient workforce in the country, the skill sets requisite for more responsible and responsive workers must be created. This requires the development of necessary life skills and work ethics, for which CLL with its ODL approaches, can be helpful.

To this end, the Centre approaches all the inherent issues with the flexibility necessary to reach all, including those already employed who require training while still in their workplaces.

The Educational Sector Context

With the UBE in place, more and more Nigerians will need education at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels, and pressures will become enormous both for more trained teachers and for alternative approaches to curriculum delivery methods. Moreover, the need for appropriate and needful skilling of products of UBE and especially those learners who do not progress beyond the JSS level would be catered for in order to have a mass of skilled manpower for artisans and other professional cadres of the nation’s workforce.  CLL supports capacity development along this line and encourages the growth of digital networks connecting communities of teachers, teacher trainers and private-school proprietors’ educational delivery. Besides, professionals in various areas of human endeavour are catered for by the Centre to equip them with knowledge and skills, through training and formal programmes, at higher levels. 

Curriculum Delivery Modes/Policy

The roles identified by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for CLL as knowledge provider, resource training capacity builder, and catalyst for collaboration, are focused on the following two curriculum delivery modes:

  1. are desirous of achieving functional knowledge and skills. Nigerians        whoi.    Open and distance learning policy: Continuous advocacy and promotion of open and distance learning (ODL) as a major strategy for ensuring equal and equitable access to education for all registered students and eventually to all
  2. Open and distance learning systems development: The CLL open and distance learning (ODL) systems are built and supported by adequate infrastructure and skilled workers. This combination is expected to assist the students to build effective and efficient systems for sustainability and good practice. 
  3. In all essentials, the CLL open and distance learning approaches have the common ODL attributes and characteristics including:
  • Open Learning 
  • Distance Learning 
  • Flexible Learning 
  •  On-line and e- learning and 
  •  Virtual Learning which are applied as and when necessary.

Online Services.
Once enrolled in any CLL programme, students will have direct e-mail access to Course coordinators/facilitators, and they will be able to discuss their questions and problems with fellow students at Discussion/ Study Groups.

CLL examinations which are computer-based for the strictly academic programmes are written at approved NOUN Centres. Students will be evaluated in all courses registered for whether practical, theory or project work. The project report is presented in the form of a Long Essay while for the Medical Office Practice (MOP) programme, it is an internship report. Both the Long Essay and the Internship Report are submitted to the Centre through our specially designed leak-proof arrangement, beginning with the Study Centre Director, for marking. For the courses that use the distance learning approaches, there are three components making up assessment:

  1. a. The Self-Assessment Exercises (SAEs) are questions within each unit of the study material. These are designed to gauge the learner’s understanding of the concepts in the unit. It is non-grading; that is, it does not add up to the grade in the course. It is advisable that though answers to these questions do not add to your overall grade in the course, all the questions should be attempted.  
  2. The Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs) are about four (4) for a whole course. They are to be answered, and then graded. The grades for the best three assignments will be used for the assessment. The TMAs constitute 30% of the total marks for  each course. 
  3. The end-of-semester examination is the third component and constitutes 70% of the total for each course. The period/dates for the examination may be different from the scheduled end-of- semester examination period.


Admission Requirements.

Certificate Programmes/Proficiency Courses:

No previous experience or qualification is necessary BUT ability to read and write will be an advantage.                   
Note: Candidates for proficiency Certificates will not be qualified to proceed to Certificates/Diploma programmes without acquiring the requisite basic qualifications.

University (Academic) Certificate Programmes

  1. Junior Secondary School Certificate.
  2. Minimum of 2 credits in SSCE/GCE ‘O’ Level, NECO, NABTEB and at not more than two sittings.
  3. T.C.II with at least 2 merits at not more than two sittings.
  4. Mature candidates of 40 years and above with relevant work experience of not less than 10 years or evidence of prior knowledge/proficiency in a relevant field may be considered on their merit.
  5. I’dadiyah Certificate of Standard Islamiyyah School.

Diploma Programme

  1. A minimum of three credits in SSCE/GCE ‘O’ ‘Level, NECO and NABTEB at not more than two sitting with at least a pass in English Language.
  2. A minimum of three (3) merits in Teacher Grade II Certificate at not more than two (2) sittings.
  3. Senior Islamic School Certificate/Higher Islamiyyah Certificate including Arabic and Islamic Studies.
  4. Thanawiyyah Certificate of Standard Islamiyyah School.
  5. NOUN Academic Certificate and Certificate of other recognized institutions.

Note:   To qualify to proceed to appropriate degree programmes of NOUN, holders of Diploma Certificate would be required to make up any deficiencies in their SSCE/GCE, NECO, NABTEB and T.C.II


Upon successful completion of all the required assignments and examinations, students will be awarded the NOUN Certificate or Diploma.

The academic programmes currently on offer at the Proficiency, Certificate and Diploma levels in the Centre for Lifelong Learning include: 

1.   Proficiency Certificate (3 – 6 months duration)  
       a.   Call Centre Skills (CCS)   
       b.   Mobile Phone Repair (MPR)
2.   Academic Certificate (12 months duration)
       a.   Arabic and Islamic Studies (ARA/ISL) 
       b.   Christian Theology (CTH)
       c.   Computer Literacy (CPL)
       d.   Dental Office Practice (DOP)
       e.   French (FRE)
3.   Diploma (2 years duration)
       a.   Arabic and Islamic Studies (ARA/ISL) 
       b.   Business Communication (BSC)
       c.   Christian Theology (CTH)
       d.   Entrepreneurship (ENT) 
       e.   French (FRE)
       f.    Financial Management (FMG)
       g.   Marketing Management (MKG)
       h.   Medical Office Practice (MOP)

The Centre continuously appraises the needs of the job market and in collaboration with relevant players in specific fields tries to provide necessary skills to learners.

AWOLALU, O. Tosin (Dr.)  M Lecturer I
AWONUGA Olukayode Olusola (Mr.)    M Lecturer II
APENA Tomilola Taiwo (Mrs.)  F Lecturer II
KELIKUME Genevieve Ibegbunem (Mrs.) F Assistant Lecturer
OKORONKWO  N. Patience (Lady)  F Assistant Lecturer










Type (Directorate or Unit)
Directorate/Unit Name
CESLL, kaduna
Prof Grace Joktan

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