An inmate of the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos has enrolled for a doctorate degree (PhD) at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Adamu NOUN’s Vice-Chancellor says.
Adamu disclosed this in his remarks at opening ceremony of the 1st International Conference of Social Sciences –ICOSS’ 2018– held on at NOUN’s headquarters on Monday in Abuja. The theme of 3-day conference is “Imaged or Imagined: Africa and the Contemporary World—Issues in Security, Governance and Sustainable Development.’’
Adamu said that NOUN had transformed into a more credible institution than it was previously perceived. “We emphasise quality assurance, due diligence, due process and most importantly, we emphasise academic excellence and leadership. “We have over 420,000 students and about 135,000 about to take their examinations; last Saturday, we matriculated over 16,000 students. “We are the only institution that provides opportunities for those who cannot afford education; we provide opportunities for education to prisoners free of charge. “I am proud to announce that one of the inmates at Kirikiri prison has registered for PhD in Criminology,’’ he said. He said that NOUN’s aspiration to become the foremost university in Africa, I believe, could only be actualised through intellectually stimulating activities like ICOSS.