Hurray! Free varsity education for prisoners

FILE PHOTO: Inmates at a prison

FILE PHOTO: Inmates at a prison

Prison inmates throughout the country now have hope of a quality higher education with the gesture by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to give them free education.

In a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity of the institution, Malam Ibrahim Sheme, NOUN said it had decided to grant 100 per cent waiver to prison inmates who desired to further their education across the country.

Sheme said that the development was in keeping with the institution’s mandate of making education accessible to the less privileged in the society.

He quoted the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, as announcing the grant while receiving his counterpart from the Nigeria/Turkish Nile University, Prof. Huseyin Sert, in Abuja.

The waiver, formerly pegged at 50 percent, would now enable the inmates have unfettered access to quality education.

The development would also encourage other inmates to take advantage of the initiative to intensify efforts in realising their dreams and improve the quality of their lives.

The NOUN vice-chancellor described as worrisome the absence of meaningful social support system for inmates to acquire education in the country.

“Having suffered abandonment by relatives, emotional and physical confinement, prison inmates will see such gesture from NOUN as a measure to reduce their burden.

“It will also provide a platform for them to improve their skills and make themselves better citizens.

“NOUN, being a single-mode institution, is charged with the responsibility of adding lifelong values to those yearning for quality education.

“It also seeks to explore the option of taking education to young girls, who for cultural reasons, cannot access education,” Adamu said in the statement.

He also remarked in the statement that the visit by Sert had afforded NOUN the opportunity to define areas of collaboration between the two institutions.

He urged the authorities of both institutions to explore collaborations …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper