The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has announced free education for Nigerian prisoners to help them to acquire formal education and improve their quality of life.
Director of the Abakaliki Study Centre of NOUN, Dr Jonathan Aliede, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Monday.
According to him, the measure was part of the university’s efforts to ensure that education was accessible to every Nigerian.
“The university is providing scholarship opportunity to all prisoners in Nigeria which means any person in prison does not need to border about paying for school fees in the NOUN.
“If supported by the Federal Government through adequate funding, this policy would make the university a very strong instrument of actualizing the educational programmes of this country,” he said.
Aliede said the policy was to ensure that education was available to every Nigerian irrespective of religion, sex, social and economic background and or where one is living.
He described the NOUN as answer to the educational problem of the country in view of the number of students who take the JAMB every year and could not be admitted as a result of non-availability of spaces.