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National Open University of Nigeria 3 convicts earn NOUN degrees from within prison walls

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Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe play

Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Prof. Vincent Ado Tenebe

(Daily Trust)

Three prisoners serving their terms at Enugu and Kirikiri prisons have earned their degrees and will be graduated alongside regular NOUN students.

Three serving prisoners will be awarded degrees today alongside over 7000 others as the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) holds its 4th convocation ceremony.

According to the NOUN Vice Chancellor, Prof Vincent Tenebe who announced the inmates' feat at a press briefing, all three graduates are serving time for various offences at the Kirikiri and Enugu Prisons respectively.

"This year’s convocation, we are graduating three inmates. Two of the inmates are from Kirikiri Prisons and one from Enugu Prisons," Tenebe said.

"We will continue to award our certificates to inmates found worthy in learning and character.”

Tenebe added that the institution has special study centres in Nigerian Prisons, Police, Army and paramilitary formations.

He said NOUN is pursuing amnesty for graduates who earn degrees while serving jail time so as to enable them contribute to society.

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