Dei-Dei centre visits Police Wives Association for advocacy

By Joy Akiga
The Dei-Dei centre at the PWA office

The Special Study Centre for the Nigerian Police Force, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has visited the Nigerian Police Wives Association (PWA), where the centre preached advocacy messages of the university to the association.

The visiting team, which arrived at the venue of the PWA regular meeting on Friday, October 6, 2023, comprised of the centre director, Dr. Samson S. Afolabi, and the Director of Police Education, ACP. Ibidapo Olubiyi, in fulfilment of his earlier promise to lead the centre’s advocacy campaign.

Afolabi, while addressing the women, said with five credits including Mathematics and English Language, they will be admitted to study the course of their choice, and they can set their study based on their time and pace.

He said in NOUN age is not a barrier, saying that the information was for their husbands as well as their children and to take the opportunity and improve on their academic status.

The director said study materials are given to students to study at home and they are very easy to read and study, because it is a work and study system, while they can also keep their jobs, and online facilitation is also available to students and the fees are not heavy on them.

While introducing the NOUN team to the meeting, ACP. Olubiyi said the aim of their visit was to introduce the centre to them as it was established for that purpose.

He said the centre was established in collaboration with the Nigerian Police to basically give opportunities to police officers, their wives, children and every member of their families, so that there would be no excuse of none availability of school around them.

Explaining further, he said that NOUN is a place where they can get education at their own pace and at their own time, as education is made easy by working and learning at the same time, and structured in such a way that it will be convenient for everybody.

The director added that the reason for their visit was based on the fact that they were not maximizing the opportunity of the presence of the centre situation in their vicinity.

Olubiyi said they brought the message of the presence of the centre to them as they might not have known that the school is there and might be looking for admission for their children elsewhere, while the school is behind them and the fees are also affordable.  

He urged the women to make sure that they take action and at the same time take the message of NOUN and spread the message to the barracks.

The women were particularly concerned about the school fees as almost all their questions bordered on the issues of the school fees.

The director, however clarified their concerns, and stressed that the school is very affordable and accessible, with a quality education.