Not less than seventeen inmates of the Nigerian Prison in Kaduna were on Tuesday, March 6, matriculated to study various courses at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) campus in the state.
Prof. Abdallah Adamu, Vice Chancellor of the university, disclosed this during a brief matriculation ceremony held for the inmates at the Kaduna Convict Prison, Independence way, Kaduna.
The Vice Chancellor advised the newly admitted inmates to make good use of the opportunity given to them by the institution and become better citizens after their jail terms.
The VC, who was represented by the Director Research Center, NOUN, Aminu Ibrahim, said that the inmates were enrolled in various fields in the Faculties of Management Science, Education, Law, Art and Science and Agriculture respectively.
He disclosed that fourteen out of the seventeen inmates enrolled for undergraduate courses, while three others were for post-graduate programs.
“Post graduate programs usually last for three semesters equivalent to two years depending on the course while the sciences has a stipulated period of five years like that of the conventional universities,” Adamu stated.
In an interview shortly after the ceremony, the Comptroller of Prison, Kaduna State Command, Abubakar Garba called on the inmates to be more committed in managing the opportunities afforded them by reading hard and graduating with flying colours.