The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Correctional Service revealed that over the past 12 years, it has enrolled 1,137 inmates for the National Examination Council of Nigeria external exams.
The Controller of Corrections in Enugu State, Nicholas Obiako, made this disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.
He stated that at the Special Study Centre within the Enugu Custodial Centre, 124 inmates were participating in the ongoing NECO external examination.
Obiako highlighted the commendable educational efforts across the three custodial centers in the state—Enugu, Nsukka, and Oji River—aimed at enhancing inmates' education and development.
The Controller mentioned that currently, the participation of 124 inmates in the NECO examination represents one of the highest numbers among inmates in custodial centers in any state 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.