Agreement has been reached between the President and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to grant all prison inmates university education free in the country.
According to the statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity of NOUN, Ibrahim Sheme, disclosed that the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, announced the largess given to prison inmates.
Ibrahim said, “Having suffered abandonment by relatives, emotional and physical confinement, prison inmates will see such gesture from NOUN as a measure to reduce their burden.
“It will also provide a platform for them to improve their skills and make themselves better citizens. NOUN, being a single-mode institution, is charged with the responsibility of adding lifelong values to those yearning for quality education.
“It also seeks to explore the option of taking education to young girls, who for cultural reasons, cannot access education.
“This is important in view of global threat to peace, cultural performances, exchange programs for staff and students of these universities. It is equally for Public Private Partnership approach to solve problems of mutual interests,’’ Adamu said.