Open University cancels tuition fees for prisoners

Posted by News Express | 2 June 2016 | 2,183 times

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The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has waived tuition fee for inmates of prisons in Nigeria. The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu said the decision to waive the tuition fees for the prisoners was the university's quest to fulfill its corporate social responsibility as well as a shortage of sponsorship offers for inmates.

Professor Adamu spoke at a formal presentation of certificate to Mr Albert Emmanuel Ajogbor, a NOUN student at the Maximum Security Prison, Kirikiri, in Lagos, who earned a B.A. (Hons) in Christian Theology.

Adamu pointed out that the decision was in line with the university’s vision of providing highly accessible and enhanced education anchored by social justice, equity, equality and national cohesion through comprehensive reach that transcends all barriers. NOUN had recently offered 100 percent full scholarship to all prisoners who are undertaking a degree programme in the university.

At the short ceremony held at Kirikiri Prison, the vice-chancellor, who was represented by the Director of NOUN’s Learner Support Services, Prof. Nebath Tanglang, expressed delight over Ajogbor’s feat despite the fact that he is incarcerated.

Also speaking, the Controller of Prisons, Lagos Command, Mr. Timothy Tinuonye, noted that NOUN’s initiative was a booster to the Nigeria Prison Authority’s task of reformation of the inmates. He disclosed that over 70 inmates are currently studying for various NOUN programmes in the three prisons in the state but the number will rise because of the tuition-free policy.

•Photo shows NOUN VC, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu.

Source: News Express

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