An inmate of the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, Lagos, Albert Ajogbor, has earned a Bachelor’s Degree, B.A. (Hons) in Christian Theology of the National Open University, NOUN.
The University, which runs online degrees, also has study centres across the federation.
At a short ceremony held in Kirikiri Prison to formally present the certificate to the inmate, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Abdalla Adamu, who was represented by the Director of Learner Support Services, Nebath Tanglang, expressed delight over Ajogbor’s feat despite the fact that he is incarcerated.
He also announced that the University is offering one hundred percent full scholarship to all prisoners in Nigeria who are undertaking a degree programme in the university.
Professor Adamu said the decision was in fulfillment of the university’s corporate social responsibility as well as to contribute its own quota towards a better prison system in Nigeria.
The Lagos State Controller of Prisons, Timothy Tinuonye, commended the initiative by NOUN, saying it was a boost to the Nigeria Prison Authority’s duty of reformation of the inmates.
He disclosed that there are over 70 inmates studying for various NOUN programmes in the three prisons in the state but the number will rise because of the tuition-free policy.