NOUN has said that over 500 prisoners across the country are currently studying various bachelors’ degrees for free.
The Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University, Prof. Abdalla Adamu said this during a visit to the Federal Ministry of Education, accompanied by the President of Commonwealth of Learning, Prof. Aisha Kanwar.
While meeting with the Permanent Secretary, Mr Sonny Echono, the VC reiterated that all prisoners were entitled to free education at the university’s centres to their desired level.
Also, the President of the Commonwealth of Learning, Prof. Aisha Kanwar appealed to the permanent secretary to ensure Nigeria’s payment of annual dues to the organisation, as she requested that the country appointed a representative to the Commonwealth of Learning to replace Hajiya Katagum who had successfully served her tenure with the organisation.
The Permanent Secretary, Echono, said a provision had been made for the payment under the 2019 budget, noting that the ministry would meet its obligation.