National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Awka Study Centre, has awarded two certificates to an inmate housed at the Awka Correctional Centre in Anambra state.
Jude Onwuzulike received certificates for a Post Graduate Diploma and a Masters of Science in Information Technology on June 29.
In presenting the certificates at the Awka Correctional Centre, Mr. Felix Edoka, Registrar of the NOUN, said the programme was aimed at impacting lives through education for the inmates.
Oladipo Ajayi, Deputy Registrar (Academics), on behalf of the Registrar, commended the inmate for achieving the feat despite being imprisoned.
In his speech, he encouraged other prisoners to take advantage of the programme to become educated.
Scholastica Ezeribe, the director of NOUN Awka Centre, added, “The inmate defended the certificates online under strict supervision.” It shows that neither distance nor space were barriers to interested students of the institution.
We could have given him the certificates with his colleagues during the convocation in Abuja, but owing to his peculiar situation, we had to bring him the two-in-one certificate.
Patrick Chukwuemeka, the prison comptroller, said the scheme was initiated for inmates’ educational and skill development.
The programme facilitators were thanked by Mr. Chukwuemeka for their assistance, and he appealed to other inmates to emulate Mr. Onwuzulike.
“The correctional center is not only about confinement, but also about giving the inmates an opportunity to further their academic achievements and learn skills that will help them succeed after their jail term is over,” he said.