A total number of eighteen inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) that has been studying with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Corrections’ Special Study Centres have graduated in various disciplines.
In a congratulatory message to the graduating inmates, the Acting Controller General of Corrections, John Mrabure, charged them to see the educational feat as a stepping stone to a brighter tomorrow, also to avoid all anti-social behaviours capable of tainting the new course they have chosen toward a better life.
He urged them to be good ambassadors of both the Correctional Service and National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
The Custodial Centres involved in the graduation exercise are;
- Medium Security Custodial Centre Awka
- Anambra State 1 inmate
- Maximum Security Custodial Centres Enugu
- Kirikiri Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Lagos State.
- Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje
- Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Port Harcourt-Rivers State.
“It would be nice to note that a total of 3,000 inmates are currently running different degree Programmes with the NOUN, while 50 are undergoing the National Certificates in Education (NCE) with Yewa College of Education, Ogun State.
“At present, the Service has 12 Special Study Centres in different Custodial facilities across the country.
In 2014, the best graduating student of NOUN was an inmate in Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Enugu and the feat was repeated in 2018 by another inmate in the same Custodial Centre.
Since the inception of the collaboration between the Service and NOUN, a total of 36 inmates have graduated in different fields of study such as Conflict and Peace Resolution, Political Science, Sociology, Guidance and Counselling among others.