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14 inmates of  Kaduna prison commence degree programmes 


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Fourteen inmates of Kaduna Prison  are now ready to commence their academic programmes  at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN.

The Controller of Prisons  in Kaduna State, Yusuf Abubakar, disclosed this to newsmen on Thursday in Kaduna.

According to him, the matriculation of  the inmates took place recently  within the prison premises and was presided over by Aminu Kassim, the representative of the Vice Chancellor of  NOUN, Abdalla Adamu.

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Mr Abubakar, who said the inmates were selected on the basis of qualification required for admission by any conventional university, added that the initiative was part of  the ongoing  prisons service inmate reform programme.

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The controller said the programme being run in the prison in  partnership with NOUN was  aimed at improving the lives of inmates.

“The award of NOUN degree was based on display of good character and excellence in studies and inmates from each state are selected to benefit from it.

“ All the programmes offered by the university have been accredited by the National Universities Commission, NUC, and the inmates are to obtain degree certificates within the prison free of charge,’’ he said.

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According to Mr Abubakar,  computers are available for students to use during  the programme while internet services will be provided.

The controller expressed gratitude to the Federal Government and NOUN for setting up the  study centre in the prison and called on the students to make the best of the opportunity.

On prison decongestion, the controller said inmates were usually transferred from Kaduna to Kujama prison where they engage  in farming.

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”Crime is committed almost on daily basis in the society and people are  convicted daily as well, hence the congestion.

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” When the facility here is filled  to capacity, we transfer some of the inmates to the other prison in Kujama and engage them mainly in agricultural activities,’’ he said.

He also said a structure  with capacity for  200 inmates would soon be inaugurated in Kaduna prison to reduce congestion.


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