The prison inmates took the oath of good behaviour before the Director of the Abeokuta Study Centre of NOUN, Prof. Olatunde Salau, Controller of Prisons, Ogun State Command, Abolade Benson, and the officer-in-charge, Ibara Prison, Sunday Kolawole.
Speaking on the mandate of the institution which to take education to everywhere in the country, Salau, who represented the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, said;
“There is hope for you. Education is the bedrock of whatever you want to do in life. With good education, you can achieve your dreams.”
Abolade Benson who also spoke to newsmen, stated that education was part of the reformation policy of the current Controller- General of Prisons, J’afaru Ahmed. According to him, seven of the inmates enrolled for Political Science, two for Computer Science, while one each would pursue courses in Biology, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Economics and Accounting, and books have been sent to prisons across the country so that the inmates could be enlightened.
Few months ago, it was also reported that two inmates of Kirikiri Prison in Lagos have defied the psychological drawback associated with incarceration, by enrolling for doctorate degrees at the National Open University (NOUN).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the two doctoral candidates, were among the three inmates who were awarded masters degrees by NOUN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu. Tunwashe Kabiru and Oladipupo Moshood enrolled for Doctorate Degrees in Business Administration and Peace and Conflict Resolution, respectively.
Speaking at the ceremony, Comptroller General, Nigeria Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed, urged other inmates to make use of the opportunity provided by NOUN to further their education. Ahmed said that the NPS had empowered many inmates with education from secondary to masters degree level as part of efforts to reform the prisoners.