35 Ikoyi Prison Inmates Sit For 2018 Jan/Feb WAEC Exams
The Lagos State Prisons Command has said that about 35 inmates of the Ikoyi Prison School, Lagos, are participating in the ongoing January/February West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates – an examination that’s newly-introduced by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
The Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Command, Mr Tunde Ladipo, made this known while speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
Ladipo also disclosed that the authorities of the prison are working hard to ensure that inmates are given education opportunities.
“I am pleased to inform you that the welfare of these inmates are of top priority to us.
“We are not leaving any stone unturned as we are deploying resources available to us in ensuring that these inmates are empowered,” the controller told NAN.
He said that the prison authorities had been giving the inmates the necessary support to enable them to excel.
“I am sure that, with all the efforts of the government, NGOs and others in an attempt to help them to excel, they will post very impressive performances in this examination.
“We hope they come out in flying colours so we can get them enrolled into the National Open University of Nigeria where they will be further educated and empowered.
“With that, we have created an opportunity for them to contribute their quotas to nation-building whenever they regain freedom,” Ladipo said.
The Principal of the school, ASP Idris Ibikunle, also hopes that the inmates would excel in the examination.
“I am indeed happy with the way the examination is going. I must say it has been good so far.
“We recently took delivery of a huge volume of books, which cut across all the subjects, from the Federal Government.
“Right now, the prison has entered into a partnership with the Prisoners Rights Advocacy Initiative, an NGO in the area of volunteer teachers.
“Plans are also under way to give the school a deserved upgrade that will ensure a more conducive environment for teaching, learning and conduct of Computer-Based Test (CBT) by JAMB.
”With all these in place, I expect better and brighter days for the education of our inmates,” he told NAN.