11 inmates are admitted to an open university in Ogun
The Public Relations Officer Command (PRO), Mr. Victor Oyeleke said this in a statement he released in Abuja on Wednesday.
Oyeleke said there was great joy in the detention center as the eleven inmates at the facility were enrolled in (NOUN) to study various courses.
He named the courses in Business Administration, Political Science, Criminology and Security Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Public Administration, among others.
He quoted the vice-chancellor of the University, Prof. Olufemi Peters as accusing the detainees of being good ambassadors of NOUN in their conduct.
Olufemi, who was represented by Dr Segun Adenuga, the director of the Abeokuta study center, assured the detainees of NOUN’s commitment to making their study harmonious and peaceful.
He urged them to thirst for knowledge and to be a generation that would restore Africa’s pride to help change the continent after their liberation.
He expressed NOUN’s gratitude to NCoS for its cooperation and especially commended the head of the detention center’s welfare and education office for his commitment to ensuring the inmates a flawless education.
Previously, the Comptroller General, NCoS, Mr. Haliru Nababa implored enrolled students and other inmates to take advantage of the opportunity offered by NOUN to add value to their lives.
Nababa, who was represented by the Ogun State Command Prison Service Controller, Mr. Abdurasheed Alimi, reiterated that the occasion underscored the core mandate of NCoS.
This, he said, in which it was a question of reforming and rehabilitating those entrusted to him, and then reintegrating them into society.
He informed that the Service has continued to fulfill its mandate through a plethora of academic and professional skills training programs, as well as psychosocial support to detainees.
Nababa noted that more than 3,000 inmates were currently undergoing various programs with NOUN and other higher institutions that were in partnership with the service.
He expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the rare commitment to life changing programs for offenders in detention.
The CG also appreciated the effort of development partners in the dignified course, calling on members of the public to look beyond the old shattered life of offenders.
“Consider helping them to settle peacefully in society because this is the only way to break the circle of recidivism”, he insisted.
Nababa assured his irrevocable commitment to the safety and comprehensive reform of the offenders in his custody.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that this was the third registration at the Detention Center, under the auspices of NOUN.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the director of Mass Literary, Alhaji Mikail Lawal, who represented the Ogun State Commissioner of Education, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu.
The total number of detainees at Ibara detention center studying various study programs at NOUN is now 61, including two master’s students.