Seventeen prison inmates in Kaduna were on Tuesday matriculated to study at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) campuses in the state.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Abdallah Adamu, disclosed this during a matriculation ceremony for the inmates at the Kaduna Convict Prison, Independence Way, Kaduna.
Abdallah urged the new students to make good use of the opportunity given to them by the institution and become better citizens after their jail terms.
Represented by Aminu Ibrahim, Director, Research Centre, NOUN, the VC said the NOUN had the largest student family not only in Nigeria, but in Africa
According to him, the inmates are enrolled in various fields of study in the Faculties of Management Science, Education, Law, Art and Science and Agriculture.
He said 14 out of the 17 inmates enrolled for undergraduate courses, while three were for post-graduate programmes.
“Post-graduate progra-mmes usually last for three semesters, equivalent to two years depending on the course.
“While the sciences have a stipulated period of five years, like that of the conventional universities,’’ he said.
He also advised them to desist from all anomalies and anti-social behaviours.
Speaking with newsmen after the matriculation ceremony, Abubakar Garba, Comptroller, Prisons, Kaduna State Command, called on the inmates to be committed and come out in flying colours.
“When inmates are given the required education, they can also achieve much in the society,’’ he said.
The comptroller disclosed that the Zaria Prison had become another NOUN centre where inmates were enrolled for various programmes.
He said 37 inmates were already at the Kaduna Convict Prison undergoing various programmes at the NOUN study centre.
One of the beneficiaries, Ahmad Aliyu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he enrolled for BA Islamic Studies, which is a four year program
According to him, it will enable him, upgrade in his knowledge of Islam.
Another beneficiary, Mark Joseph, said he was grateful to be among those matriculating to study Peace and Conflict Resolution, a four-year course.
According to him, he wants to study the course in view of the level of insecurity in the country.
“I want to contribute my quota by bringing peace to the society and the country at large,’’ he said (NAN)