Non-formal Education Needs of Adult Prisoners for Sustainable Economic Growth and Employment in Zamfara State, Nigeria

Mannir ABBA, Dorida, Nneka, UGWU


The study assessed the Non-formal Education Needs of Adult Prisoners for sustainable economic growth and employment in Zamfara State, Nigeria. Two research questions and two null hypotheses guided the study. A survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study was 762 respondents in the 5 Nigerian Prisons of Zamfara State. Purposive sampling technique was used to sample 351 adult prisoners comprising all the 266 male and 85 female convicted prisoners of the Gusau Central Prison for the study. The instrument used for data collection was self-structured questionnaire tagged “Questionnaire on the Non-formal Education Needs of Adult Prisoners (QNFENAP)”. The instrument was subjected to face validation by three experts. The reliability coefficient for the instrument was 0.80. The data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics of mean, while the null hypotheses were tested using t-test at the probability of 0.05 level of significance. The study showed that there were only two NFE programmes for adult prisoners in Gusau Central Prison and there were convicts trainees in the prison. Based on these findings, the study recommended among others that the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) should introduce more NFE programmes and extend them to other satellite’s prisons for sustainable economic growth and employment in the state and country at large.



Non-formal Education Programmes, Needs, Adult Prisoners, Sustainable Economic Growth.

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