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1,137 Inmates Registered For NECO Under Enugu Correctional Service

Cursory: The Nigeria Correctional Service, Enugu State Command says it has registered 1,137 inmates for the National Examination Council of Nigeria external exams in the last 12 years

Mr Nicholas Obiako, The Controller of Corrections in Enugu State, disclosed that The Nigeria Correctional Service, Enugu State has registered 1,137 inmates for the National Examination Council of Nigeria external exams in the last 12 years.

According to him, there are currently 124 inmates writing the NECO examination, which is one of the highest among inmates in custodial centres in any given state in the county.

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These were his words;

For over many years now, our inmates come out with excellent results as we invest heavily in grooming them right from the primary and secondary school classes and quality adult education classes in the centres.

Most of those who will make their result in their chosen field of study will seek direct admission to the university through the National Open University of Nigeria that has a study centre in Enugu Custodial Centre.

For those that cannot continue, they will be enrolled into various vocational centres – tailoring, leather, iron, wood works etc – and they will be groomed to pass a trade test examination for certification before graduating from the vocational training.

The Nigeria Correctional Service under Nababa’s (Controller-General of Corrections) watch has committed available resources to ensure that inmates develop themselves while in custody, to ensure self-reliance and public protection even after their stay in the custodial centre.

 A Deputy Controller of Corrections in charge of Operations and also the Desk Officer of the National Open University of Nigeria, Mr Kelvin Iloafonsi, said;

I must commend our hardworking and resourceful C-G of Corrections, which has created the enabling environment for inmates to study and also improve on their academic proficiency.

They have been an immense help to us since the inception of educational reforms and, in fact, the ongoing 2023 NECO exams; CAPIO registered about 90 per cent of the 124 inmates writing the exam and other public-spirited individuals took care of the rest.

We are asking for more NGOs to come to the aid of the inmates and partner with us to help teach them how to fish and become responsible when they are released.”

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