Fifty-eight inmates of Kuje Prisons have keyed into the free tuition programme of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The inmates are presently studying various courses ranging from Law, Mass Communication, Peace and Conflict Resolution to Religious Studies.
The Director of Prisons Special Study Centre, National Open University of Nigeria, CP Fashola, (rtd) disclosed this during the finals of the National Open University football competition which held last Friday at the prisons sports complex in Kuje to mark the final examinations of the third academic session of the FCT inmates in the university programme.
The director was represented by the Kuje Prisons Study Co-ordinator, Mrs. Modupe Adesina, at the event.
A statement from the PPRO FCT Command, Chukwuedo Humphrey, said the director further said on the first year of introduction of the Open University programme in Kuje Prisons, only 10 inmates registered; during the second year, the prisoners were given half rebate on fees and 15 students registered.
“But when there was total rebate, 33 inmates registered,” he said.
The Controller of Prisons FCT Command, Daniel Odharo, who was represented by Akilu Abdullahi, the officer in charge of Kuje Prisons, appreciated the efforts of the NOUN in giving the inmates 100% rebate on school fees adding that the rebate has boosted their zeal to study.
He urged for the leadership of the university to assist in reaching out to NGOs to assist the inmates/students, adding that during the last West African School Certificate Examination, Kuje Prisons recorded 35 distinctions and that many more inmates would be willing to further their education come next academic session.
While urging other well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to extend their corporate social responsibility to the prisons, he appreciated the faith-based and community based organisations among many others that have contributed immensely throughout the year in ensuring the continuity of inmates’ education and sports development in the prison.