The Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Olufemi Peters, has reiterated his commitment to guaranteeing free education for inmates across the country’s correctional study centres to ensure their effective reintegration into society.
The Vice-Chancellor stated this during the 11th Convocation Ceremony and the issuing of certificates to two graduating students of the National Open University, NOUN, at the medium security custodial study centre, Kaduna.
The VC, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Professor Isaac Samani, congratulated the graduands and charged them to be good ambassadors of NOUN by exhibiting honesty and integrity, as well as promoting the welfare and reputation of the school.
He called on inmates to take advantage of the study centres in their various correctional facilities and pledged to sustain the ongoing free education for inmates with improved educational facilities for effective reformation and rehabilitation.
In his welcome address, the Controller General of Corrections, CGC Haliru Nababa mni, congratulated Mr. Umolu Emmanuel and Alexander Okpe for being worthy in both character and learning to be conferred with BSC Communication Technology and BA Christian Theology.
Represented by the Controller of Corrections, Nigeria Correctional Service, Kaduna Command, ACG Umar Audu, the Controller General pointed out that one of the focal points of the Nigeria Correctional Service Act, 2019 was the comprehensive reformation of offenders through quality education and training in vocations.
According to Haliru Nababa mni, over 70 inmates are currently studying different courses out of the 22 courses available at the study centre.
The high point of the convocation ceremony was the award of certificates to the two graduands and the display of a dashboard designed by one of the graduating inmates to capture inmates across the country for effective administration.