Five Kuje Inmates Bag Varsity Degrees From NOUN, 200 Inmates Enroll

Five Kuje Custodial Centre Inmates have bagged university degrees in various disciplines at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Over 200 inmates at the centre are enrolled in tertiary education.

The Controller General, Nigerian Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa, said education was a potent means of rehabilitation.

He said this during the presentation of certificates to the graduands in Abuja on Monday.

Controller General was represented by the Controller of Corrections, FCT Command, Ibrahim Idris, Nababa who expressed confidence that the inmates could compete favourably with their counterparts without stigmatisation.

He said, “Education is transformative and a powerful rehabilitative tool for development in every society. Therefore, with these certificates, they are fit to compete anywhere without being stigmatised.

“We appreciate the National Open University of Nigeria for their unwavering support to the correctional service all over the federation in ensuring that inmates are reformed through education. Over 200 inmates have enrolled in tertiary education in the Kuje centre alone.

“We encourage other inmates of the facility to take advantage of this free education and other vocational skills to equip themselves for success in larger society upon release.”

NOUN’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olufemi Peters, who spoke through the National Coordinator, Special Study Centres, Mrs Modupe Adesina, urged all inmates to make the best of the opportunity that had been given to them through a partnership between the Nigerian Correctional Service and NOUN to improve and empower themselves.

The Centre Director, Controller of Corrections, Francis Enobore, said ex-offenders have been corrected and public should desist from stigmatising them.

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He said the ex-offenders should be accepted back into society with all rights and privileges, to avoid going back to crimes.

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