The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has said ‘repentant’ members of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, have decided to enrol for degree programmes in the institution, Premium Times reports.
The council chairman of the institution, Peter Okebukola, disclosed this during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.
”“THE MOST RECENT REPORT FROM THESE CENTRES INDICATED TWO REPENTANT MEMBERS OF THE INSURGENT GROUP, BOKO HARAM, HAVE DECIDED TO ENROL FOR NOUN DEGREE PROGRAMMES, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE FREE FACILITIES PROVIDED UP TO PHD,” HE SAID.
Mr Okebukola also said there is an increase in enrolment of inmates in correctional centres.
When asked if the university has done due diligence on the two Boko Haram members, Mr Okebukola said the university has taken care of that “by investigating the issue.”
‘High enrolment of females’
The institution also said it now has more female students than male students.
The institution also said 53 per cent of its students are females while 47 per cent are male.
“IT IS GRATIFYING TO NOTE THE INCREASING NUMBER OF ENROLMENT OF WOMEN IN NOUN. THE FIGURES FOR SECOND SEMESTER REGISTRATION BY ZONE SHOW THAT 58 PER CENT OF THOSE TAKING EXAMINATION IN NOUN ARE FEMALES,” THE NOUN OFFICIAL SAID.
He said this provides women with an opportunity for gaining world-class education at their place and pace.