Enugu Correctional Service Command registers 1,137 inmates for NECO
The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service has announced that it has successfully enrolled 1,137 inmates for the National Examination Council of Nigeria (NECO) external exams over the past 12 years.
In a remarkable display of commitment to rehabilitation and education, the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service has announced that it has successfully enrolled 1,137 inmates for the National Examination Council of Nigeria (NECO) external exams over the past 12 years.
Nicholas Obiako, the Controller of Corrections in Enugu State, disclosed this groundbreaking achievement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday. According to Obiako, the ongoing NECO external examination at the Special Study Centre within the Enugu Custodial Centre involves the participation of 124 inmates, marking one of the highest numbers among inmates in custodial centers nationwide.
The Controller emphasized the commendable educational efforts implemented across the three custodial centers in the state, namely Enugu, Nsukka, and Oji River. These efforts are designed to enhance the education and overall development of inmates within the correctional facilities.
"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," Obiako stated.
He highlighted the successful pathways available for the inmates after completing their education, stating, "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."
Obiako further explained the diverse opportunities provided for inmates, saying, "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."
This initiative not only contributes to the rehabilitation of the inmates but also provides them with skills and education that increase their chances of successful reintegration into society. The Enugu State Command's commitment to inmate education serves as a model for other correctional facilities across the country, showcasing the potential for positive transformation through comprehensive rehabilitation programs.