13 inmates of Ibara prison, Abeokuta were on Sunday admitted into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to study various courses; the event took place within the premises of the prison and was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu.
Courses to be studied by the prisoners included Economics, Biology, Computer Science, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Accounting and Political Science. Prof Adamu charged the students to pursue their programmes with dedication, saying that award of NOUN degree was based on display of discipline and excellence in studies.
The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Director, Abeokuta Study Centre, Prof. Olatunde Salau, assured the new undergraduates that all the programmes offered by the university had been accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
The State Controller of Prisons, Abolade Benson charged the matriculants to be focused and determined.He also disclosed that 69 inmates had successfully graduated from other institutions from 2010 till date
Benson added that the National Examination Council (NECO) already opened a centre in all prison formations in the state where inmates could sit and write NECO examinations. He said one of the challenges facing the prisons was congestion, saying constant quarterly jail delivery had been helping in decongesting the prison.