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National Open University of Nigeria Approves Free Education for Prisoners



National-Open-University-Of-NigeriaThe 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.

Dr. Jonathan Aliede, the Director, Abakaliki Study Centre of NOUN, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Monday.

He explained that 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.

“The National Open University of Nigeria is an answer to the educational problem of this country. This is in view of the number of students who take the JAMB every year and can not be admitted as a result of non availability of spaces. 

Secondly, with the high cost of education these days, even the mission schools that are supposed to be cheaper are so costly that so many people can not afford it. Even the state universities are also not affordable because of the high costs.

This gap is what NOUN is here to bridge because it is very cheap as a federal university and the flexibility it offers also makes it possible for people to combine what ever they are doing.

It could be business or civil service they can conveniently combine them and still avail themselves the opportunity of acquiring skills and education through the NOUN,” he said.

He said the university had introduced conference marking of exam papers to checkmate the issues associated with missing scripts.

“The system helps to detect students who did not write the examination unlike what obtained in the past where scripts are marked in Lagos making it difficult for students in far away centres not able to tackle any perceived problems,” he added.

According to him, the students now graduate as at when due.

He, however, advised the students to be assiduous and remember that they were going into an already saturated labour market.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Sharon Ifeoma

    May 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Good news. This is definitely a step towards the right direction.

    Have you seen this?

  2. Prince

    May 16, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    This is the way to go. Thank you and God will continue to crown your effort

  3. Marian

    May 17, 2016 at 12:44 am

    They better have the same program for law abiding citizens from low income/no income homes. Misplaced priorities. It’s cute and all but will they sustain it? How many companies in Nigeria will hire a uni grad with prison record? I think trade school will be more appropriate in the Nigeria of today. Even Law abiding citizens are graduating from uni and enrolling in makeup/hair/event planning/bead making/catering schools.

  4. Noun portal

    January 16, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    This is a great move by the National Open University of Nigeria, i really recommend them for this movement. Thanks NOUN!

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