Enugu Correctional Service's Commitment to Education

The Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), Enugu State Command, has registered 1,137 inmates for the National Examination Council of Nigeria (NECO) external exams in the last 12 years

The Nigeria Correctional Service, Enugu State Command, has facilitated the registration of 1,137 inmates for the National Examination Council of Nigeria (NECO) external exams over the past 12 years.

Mr. Nicholas Obiako, the Controller of Corrections in Enugu State, revealed this information to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Enugu.

He mentioned that 124 inmates were presently engaged in the ongoing NECO external examination at the Special Study Center located within the Enugu Custodial Centre.

The Enugu Custodial Center has become a hub of learning, with 124 inmates currently participating in the ongoing NECO external examination. This is facilitated by a Special Study Center within the confines of the Custodial Center, emphasizing the transformative power of education in even the most challenging environments.

Engaging inmates in education within a correctional setting is not without its challenges. Limited resources, security concerns, and societal stigmas are formidable barriers. However, the Enugu Correctional Service has been proactive in overcoming these challenges, working in collaboration with educational authorities and other stakeholders to create an environment conducive to learning.

The ripple effect of education within correctional facilities extends far beyond the prison gates. Inmates who participate in educational programs, such as the NECO external exams, gain valuable skills and knowledge that can enhance their employability upon release. This, in turn, contributes to reducing the likelihood of recidivism and promoting a more inclusive and rehabilitative approach to the justice system.

Highlighting the educational endeavors within the state’s three custodial centres—Enugu, Nsukka, and Oji River—Obiako emphasized their commendable performance in the educational development of inmates.

Currently, there are 124 inmates actively participating in the NECO examination, representing one of the highest numbers among inmates across custodial centres in the country.

“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,” he said.

Obiako also lauded the Controller-General of Corrections, Mr Haliru Nababa, for his administration’s focus on education as a viable tool for reformation, re-orientation, and reintegration of the inmates back into society.

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