-Over 465 inmates haven been enrolled in various disciplines, at different campuses of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
- 465 inmates are studying undergraduate courses at NOUN while 23 have begun their post-graduate programmes
The Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) said that it enrolled 488 inmates for undergraduate and post-graduate programmes at different campuses of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in the country.
Legit.ng gathered that the Comptroller General of Prison, Jaafaru Ahmed disclosed this on Thursday, November 8, just as it won multiple international awards for promoting education and campaigns on prison decongestion this year.
The comptroller general of prison while handing over the awards to the minister of interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau at a brief ceremony in Abuja said: “As we speak today, we have over 465 inmates in various disciplines, 23 are doing their post graduate degrees.
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We also have an active collaboration with the College of Education, Yelwa where we have also graduated scores of inmates.
Jaafaru listed several international awards that the service had won this year saying; “With the cooperation of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), the Prisons Service has won the 2018 UNESCO/Confucius Prize for Literacy, beating 70 other entries from across the world to clinch the coveted prize at a ceremony in Paris, France and awarded a $20, 000 cash prize, medals and a diploma as well as accorded an opportunity to visit China, the birthplace of the Chinese Educationist and Philosopher, Confucius.
“The service also won two SABRE Awards of Africa Public Relations Association (APRA) for Public Education and Public Sector in Gaborone, Botswana as well as Golden World Awards of International Public Relations Association on Crisis Management for campaigns on Prison Decongestion by tackling the plight of awaiting trial inmates (ATI).
“These prizes are made possible by the Prisons Service in terms of providing educational and humanitarian services and effective collaborations with our major stakeholders including the media especially in the improvement of the welfare of staff and inmates.
Dambazau In his remarks commended the management of the Nigerian prison service for its accomplishments in prison reforms.
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Legit.ng previously reported that the management of the Nigerian Prisons Service, dismissed three Junior Prison Officers for alleged grievous security offences.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the service, Francis Enornore, confirmed their dismissal in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, September 28, in Abuja.
Enorbore named the affected officers as: IP Samaila Inusa, PA 11; Jonathan Ibrahim and PA 11, Adamu Jethro, all junior officers of the service.
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