A Kuje prison inmate, Mr Chinwendu Heart, has graduated from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) with a Second-Class Upper degree in Theological Studies.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, (PRO) FCT command, Mr Chukwuedo Humphrey on Wednesday in Abuja.
Humphrey quoted the Librarian, NOUN, Dr Angela Okpala who presented the certificate on Tuesday as encouraging the graduate to be a good ambassador of the university as well as the correctional service.
The officer in charge of Kuje Custodial Centre, Mr Ibrahim Shehu, said that the inmate has shown an exemplary character over time.
“The inmate has always been diligent with his studies and also lived an exemplary life in custody, ” he said.
Shehu enjoined other inmates to seize the opportunity of the free education from the NOUN and improve themselves adding that education was the bedrock of human development.
Heart, in his remarks expressed happiness saying that he had come into the Kuje Custodial centre without a secondary school certificate.
He said that with the encouragement of the staff, he had now got a university degree and that he hoped to utilise the offer of the NOUN and study to get a PhD.
The graduate inmate encouraged other inmates to engage themselves in these regimes of reform in the Custodial centre instead to being idle and giving in to social vices.