Prisoners to enjoy NOUN scholarship after freedom 

Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, has disclosed that henceforth prisoner students across Correctional Facilities in the country will enjoy full scholarship from the university even after freedom beckoned.
The university has been granting full scholarship to prisoners from undergraduate to PhD only when behind bars, but would have to begin to pay once they regain freedom. However, the Vice-Chancellor said the scholarship will henceforth extend to the entire duration of their programmes.
This followed a special appeal made to the VC by the Comptroller-General (CG), Nigeria Correctional Facilities, Ja’afar Ahmed, who prayed the university to reconsider its position of withdrawing scholarship the moment an inmate regains freedom.
The VC declared this new development during a working visit to the Comptroller-General at the headquarters in Abuja.
"At present, there are six hundred and sixteen (616) inmate students registered across the 10 Correctional Facilitation Centres, with one hundred and four (104) prospective students for this semester," he said.
Adamu VC seized the opportunity to draw the attention of the CG to the urgent need by his organization to upgrade learning facilities so as to make learning a pleasurable experience for the inmates.
Responding, the Comptroller of the Correctional Services thanked the Vice-Chancellor and his visiting team and assured them of a positive development along the university observations.
"I am aware of the deficiencies and shortcomings captured here, however, most prisons were built a long time ago, as such some of them may not fit-in to accommodate the type of renovation you required. Some also cannot accommodate Incubation Centres because of space constraint," he said.
He added that with time, the request in the document brought by the management of the university will be looked into and addressed with resource available, accordingly.