NOUN enrolls over 500 prisoners
The National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, has enrolled over 500 prisoners across the country into its various degree programmes.
Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, said the prisoners were enrolled free of charge, adding that all Nigerian prisoners are entitled to free education under the National Open University to whatever level they chose to pursue their education.
Adamu spoke in Abuja when he accompanied the President of Commonwealth of Learning, Prof. Aisha Kanwar, on a visit to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono.
Established since 2002, the National Open University of Nigeria is said to be the largest university in the country with a population of over 500 thousand students.
Earlier, the President of Commonwealth of Learning, Kanwar, made a passionate appeal to the Permanent Secretary over the non-payment of annual dues to Commonwealth of Learning by Nigeria.
She also urged Nigeria to appoint a representative to the Commonwealth of Learning to replace Hajiya Katagum who has successfully served her tenure with the organization.
Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, said provision has been made under the 2019 budget for Nigeria to meet its obligation through the ministry.
Echono also told the visiting President of the Commonwealth of Learning that the process is ongoing for the replacement to Katagum at the Commonwealth.