Seventeen inmates of the Nigerian Prison in Kaduna were Tuesday matriculated to study various courses at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) campuses in the state.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Abdallah Adamu, disclosed this during a brief matriculation ceremony held for the inmates at the Kaduna Convict Prison, Independence Way, Kaduna.
Abdallah urged the new students to make good use of the opportunity given to them by the institution and become better citizens after their jail terms.
Represented by Aminu Ibrahim, Director, Research Centre, NOUN, the VC said the NOUN had the largest student family not only in Nigeria, but in Africa
He said the inmates are enrolled in various fields of study in the Faculties of Management Science, Education, Law, Art and Science and Agriculture.
He disclosed that 14 out of the 17 inmates enrolled for undergraduate courses, while three others were for post-graduate programmes.
“Post-graduate programmes usually last for three semesters, equivalent to two years depending on the course.
“While the sciences have a stipulated period of five years, like that of the conventional universities,’’ he said.