In keeping with its mandate of making education accessible to the less privileged in the society, The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has granted a 100% waiver to prison inmates desiring education across the country.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdallah Uba Adamu, revealed this in Abuja while hosting the Vice-Chancellor of the Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Prof. Huseyin Sert. He stated that the waiver, which before now was pegged at 50%, would enable the inmates have unfettered access to quality education and also encourage others to take advantage of the initiative to acquire education.
Adamu, who cited lack of meaningful social support system for inmates to acquire education in the country, said," Having suffered abandonment by relatives, emotional and physical confinement, prison inmates would see such gesture from NOUN as a measurement to reduce the burden on them and provide the platform to improve and make themselves better citizens."
The Vice-Chancellor further explained that NOUN, being a single mode institution charged with the responsibility of adding life long value to those yearning for quality education, would also explore the option of taking education to young girls, who for cultural reasons cannot access education.
Meanwhile, the visit by Prof. Sert, afforded the host, Prof. Adamu, the opportunity to enumerate areas of collaboration between the two institutions.
The VC of NOUN expressed his desire for the authorities of the two universities to explore the areas of peace studies and conflict resolution, in view of global threat to peace, cultural performances exchange programmes for staff and students of these universities and a Public Private to improve and make themselves better citizens."
By Biodun Akanmu