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NOUN: Seven Inmates Graduate In Rivers State

By Chigozie Chuks

Seven inmates of the Port Harcourt Maximum Correctional Centre, Rivers State, who graduated from the National Open University of Nigeria in the 2021/2022 Academic Session in March this year have received certificates.

Registrar, NOUN, Felix Odoka, disclosed this while handing the certificates to the inmates at a brief presentation held at the Correctional Centre located along Dockyard Road in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

Two of the seven inmates bagged Second Class Upper degrees, while the five others bagged Second Class Lower degrees.

They were unable to convoke with their counterparts outside, due to incarceration.

“Today we are handing over certificates to seven inmates who have graduated from the National Open University of Nigeria. Among this number, we have two inmates that made Second Class Upper. The remaining five made Second Class Lower.

“We want to use this opportunity to appeal to those in incarceration that are yet to fill out our forms to do so. The purpose of getting the University to the Correctional Centre is to ensure that we provide opportunities for those who want to develop themselves.

“So that by the time you get out of this place, hopefully, there will be no difference between you and those outside. To make this possible, the University is granting this education to you people (inmates) free of charge,” he said.

Earlier, The Deputy Controller of Corrections in charge of Port Harcourt Maximum Correctional Centre, Etim Effiong, said the management was encouraging others inmates to enroll in the university and further their education.

Effiong commended the institution for bringing university education to the facility, saying the condition of the inmates was not a barrier to pursuing their educational dream.


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