The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has approved the establishment of a study centre for prison inmates in Gombe state.
The University has also waved registration and other fees for inmates that will register to study at the centre.
The State Comptroller of Prisons, Ahmadu Adamu made this known while receiving Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo at the prison yard as part of the activities to mark the 20 years of the creation of the state.
The Comptroller said the effort would make it possible for inmates that meet University admission requirements to enjoy free university education while serving their prison terms.
He appealed to the Governor to incorporate and carry inmates along in his administration’s various skills acquisition programmes.
In his reaction, Governor Dankwambo expressed delight at the possibility of inmates acquiring tertiary education while in prison.
He advised the inmates to ensure they turned new leaf as the prison is intended to be a place of positive transformation in character.