Thirteen male prisoners of Ibara Prison in Ogun State were on Friday, 29th, matriculated at the National Open University of Nigeria for degree programmes.
Clad in academic regalia, they took the oath of good behaviour before the Director of the Abeokuta Study Centre of NOUN, Prof. Olatunde Salau, Controller of Prisons, Ogun State Command, Abolade Benson, and the officer-in-charge, Ibara Prison, Sunday Kolawole.
Salau, who stood in for the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, said the mandate of the institution was to take education to everywhere in Nigeria.
He said, “There is hope for you. Education is the bedrock of whatever you want to do in life. With good education, you can achieve your dreams.”
On his part, Benson made it clear that education was an integral part of the reformation policy of the current Controller- General of Prisons, J’afaru Ahmed.
He said Ahmed had sent books to prisons across the country so that the inmates could be enlightened.
He said seven of the inmates enrolled for Political Science, two for Computer Science, while one each would pursue courses in Biology, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Economics and Accounting.
Kolawole said the prison would continue to partner the Open University to ensure that qualified inmates got an education.