Fourteen inmates of Ogun State Medium Security Custodian Center and Borstal Institute, Adigbe, all in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, were Friday, matriculated into the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN.
This figure brings to 76 the number of inmates from the Ibara Custodial Center studying various degree programmes that include Public Administration, Computer Science, Human Kinetics, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Information Technology, Film Production, Mass Communication and Philosophy.
Prof. Olufemi Peters, the Vice-Chancellor of the University charged the inmates to take the life-changing opportunities with seriousness.
Represented by Dr. Segun Adenuga, the Director, Abeokuta Study Center, the VC assured the inmates of the institution’s commitment to making their study seamless and peaceful.
He tasked the students to have consider thier studies and look forward to a better life after release.
The VC thanked the Correctional Center for its support and specially appreciated the Controller of Correctional Service, Ogun State Command, Abdurasheed Alimi, for his open door policy.
Earlier, the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, represented by Alimi, implored the matriculating students and other inmates to embrace opportunity offered to them by NOUN to add value to their lives.
According to him, he reiterated that the occasion underscores the core mandate of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) which is to reform and rehabilitate those in its care and subsequently reintegrate them back to the society.
Haliru noted that over 3, 000 inmates are currently undergoing various life changing programmes with the NOUN and other Higher institutions that are in partnership with the Service.