The National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN has matriculated seventeen Kaduna Prison inmates at its branch in the Kaduna Convict Prison.
In his goodwill message during the matriculation ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, NOUN, Prof Abdallah Adamu urged the matriculants to make good use of the opportunity which the University has availed them.
The VC, who was represented by Director Research Centre, NOUN, Aminu Ibrahim said, the inmates were enrolled in various fields in the Faculties of Management Science, Education, Law, Art and Science and Agriculture respectively.
Adamu said that the courses registered were cut across the various faculties on individual basis.
He mentioned that 14 out of the 17 inmates enrolled are for undergraduate degrees while 3 are for post graduate programmes.
According to him: “Post graduate programmes usually last for 3 semesters equivalant to two years depending on the course while the sciences has a stipulated period of five years like that of the conventional Universities.
While urging the matriculants to be disciplined and focused during their studies, he advised them to desist from all anomalies as it exists in conventional Universities.
In an interview shortly after the ceremony, the Controller 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.
Garba noted that, when inmates are given the required education, they can also achieve much in the society.
The Controller said the prison should not be seen as a punishment ground but rather a training ground for change as it avails inmates various opportunities and quality education.
He stated that, Zaria prison has also became another NOUN centre where some inmates are currently enrolled for various programs.
In an interview with one of the beneficiaries, Ahmad Aliyu said he was enrolled to study BA Islamic studies which are a four year program, saying, it would enable him upgrade his Islamic knowledge.
Another inmate, Mark Joseph expressed appreciation for being enrolled to study peace and conflict resolution which is also a four years program.
He said his reason for applying for the course is having realised the level of insecurity in the Country which makes him want to contribute his quarter by bringing peace to the Society and the Country at large.