Twenty-five prison inmates are undergoing degree courses at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Nasarawa state, says official.
The State Controller of Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Ekwere Ekaneem, has made this known on Wednesday in Lafia, saying that 20 of the prisoners are in Keffi Prison and five in Lafia’s.
He said: “Apart from these inmates, we also have inmates who have written examinations conducted by National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB).”
Ekaneem revealed that prisons authorities took up the responsibility of paying their tuition fees to ensure that the concerned inmates were reformed as better citizens.
According to him, educating inmates and helping them to acquire skills will go a long way in reforming them and ease their reintegration into society when released from prison.
Ekaneem appealed to public-spirited individuals and organisations to assist the inmates, saying “they remain citizens of the country in spite of being in prison.’’