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Shiite Inmates Enrol To Acquire Degrees At National Open University


NOUN VC Give Kudos To New Enrollee Inmates Over Good Conduct

—As Shiites Inmates Enrol To Acquire Degrees And Post – Graduate Degrees

The management of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has admitted new set of undergraduate and post graduate students who want to acquire various degrees through open and distance learning educational mode.

Amongst those newly admitted are members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (Shiites) currently detained in Kaduna Prison after a crack down by the government, the leader of the Movement, Sheik Ibrahim El Zakzaky and his wife are also currently under what the government called a protective custody.

Over a thousand of his followers were massacred after a face-off between the Islamic Sect and the Nigerian Army, hundreds of them were arrested and sent to the prison by the government but hope relished on some of them as they got admitted into the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to continue their education, according to a report, Shiites consists of intellectuals who values education, as majority of them are liberal Muslims.

NOUN mode of education allows inmates who are desirous of education to continue their education while in prison. The University is modelled after the University of South Africa (UNISA) where a former apathy leader and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela acquired degree while in prison.

Families of many of the inmates that are currently in Kaduna prison celebrated with joy, the positive steps taken by the National Open University of Nigeria and the Nigerian prison service for providing an avenue for the inmates to continue with their education while in prison.

Education Monitor reporter was at the 17th matriculation ceremony on the 30th of June , 2018 at the prison premises where the inmates were matriculated  in Kaduna prison.

Addressing the matriculated students, the vice Chancellor’s Office Director, Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu stated that one of the mission of NOUN is to cover all nooks and crannies of Nigeria by making education available to the interested students irrespective of their creed, geographical locations and conditions.

He stated further that the tuition fee for all inmates is free and that NOUN is happy with the performance of the inmates and the good characters they have demonstrated so far during their studies. Education Monitor report indicated that 90 percent of the inmates that matriculated are members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

The University also commended Some of the prison officers whose exceptional service towards the successful enrollment of the inmates were made possible, a special recognition was given to DSP Abubakar known for his professional conducts while discharging his duties.

The Vice Chancellor’s representative, while concluding his remarks, the professor assured parents of the inmates that the University legal council will follow all legal process to see to the freedom of the inmates who are currently their students due to their good characters, devotion to studies and intellect.

The inmates who were present at the matriculation ceremony while expressing  their gratitude to the school management and the prison services for making their dream come to reality, also used the occasion to appeal to the Federal Government to look into the over congestion of the prison space, stating that the prison with capacity of about 500 people is now being used for over 1,500 inmates.______________________________________________
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