Over five hundred prisoners across Nigerian prisons have enrolled with National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN to study various programmes free of charge.
The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Professor Abdalla Adamu made this known in Abuja when he led the President of Commonwealth of Learning, Professor Aisha Kanwar, who paid a courtesy call on the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono.
According to the Vice Chancellor of NOUN, all Nigerian prisoners are entitled to free education under the National Open Universities to whatever level they chose to pursue their education.
Non Payment of Dues
The President of Commonwealth of Learning, Professor Aisha Kanwar appealed to Nigeria over then non-payment of annual dues to Commonwealth of Learning.
She also requested that Nigeria should appoint a representative to the Commonwealth of Learning to replace Hajiya Katagum who have served her tenure with the organisation.
The Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono said the provision has been made under the 2019 budget and the Ministry would meet its obligation.
Sonny Echono also told the visiting President of the Commonwealth of Learning that the process to replace Hajiya Katagum at the Commonwealth was ongoing.