No less than 35 detainees from Ikoyi Prison in Lagos have enrolled to compose the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Mr Vincent Ubi, the Controller of Prisons, Lagos Command, Nigeria Prisons Service, uncovered this in a meeting withnewsmen on Wednesday in Lagos. He said that the detainees from the Ikoyi Prisons School would sit for the Computer-Based Test mode led by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
More detainees are participating in the examination this year, when contrasted with the 28 that sat for the examination in 2015. “The training of these detainees is of top need to us. “Like I generally let them know every time I go for routine checks in the detainment facilities, their being imprisonment does not mean all trusts are lost. “I generally help them to remember the significance of training and the gigantic advantages that accompany it, regardless of the situation anybody may discover him or herself.
“Presently, with the UTME all that much around the bend, we have been setting up these individuals completely in every one of the subjects and they have additionally enhanced their level of PC proficiency,” the controller said. He told pressmen that he had drafted his officers in the offices to help with educating and setting up the prisoners for the examination. Ubi lauded the jail authorities for their dedication toward guaranteeing enhanced execution of the detainees in the examination.
“I am glad for the dedication of my officers in the jail offices in giving helpful instructing and learning environment. “The Prison Service has one of the most noteworthy quantities of instructed work force as far as capability. “Along these lines, we take advantage of that by drafting some of them to serve as educators in the offices, aside other volunteer instructors that originate from outside to help.
“With all these set up, I will jump at the chance to say that the execution of prisoners has been exceptionally reassuring,” he said. Ubi said that all logistics required for the smooth behavior of the examination in the office were fit as a fiddle and in place. By jail supervisor, more detainees are indicating enthusiasm for encouraging their instruction. He said this was with the trust that when they in the long run pick up flexibility, the detainees would have the capacity to contribute their quantity to the bigger society.
Ubi said this was obvious in the expanded enrolment into schools in the offices. The controller said the pattern was not detached with the execution of their kindred prisoners who had sat and performed well in the same examination. “A considerable lot of them are driven by the execution of their associates who have sat for the same examination and thusly facilitated their training at the National Open University of Nigeria situated in the offices.
“A portion of the prisoners from the NOUN have posted amazing execution toward the end of their studies. “Of note is one of the detainees who graduated 2015 with five star, and is at present educating different prisoners in the jail offices. “Such persons, in the event that they are on life sentence, we frequently put forth a defense to their individual state governments and their right of leniency officer will take it from that point to suggest such detainees for exculpation.
“We have constantly guaranteed the prisoners of our most extreme backing in the zone of their instruction and general welfare,” he said. In another meeting, the Principal of Ikoyi Prison School, Mr Ibikunle Idris, said that 40 detainees were at first arranged for the UTME. He, nonetheless, said that in view of intercession of equity, five of the planned competitors, who were on the anticipating trial list, had been released and vindicated.