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Ogun: 9 Prison Inmates Pass NECO, Set For NOUN's Admission

Controller Oshin Bamidele
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - No fewer than nine inmates of Nigerian Correctional Service in Ilaro, Ogun state who wrote last year's National Examination Council (NECO) have passed their papers. 

The Assistant Controller, Ilaro Correctional Service (NCS), ACC Bamidele Oshin disclosed this on Thursday when Skynet Rescue Corps paid him a courtesy visit in his office. 

Controller Oshin said although, about 19 inmates wrote the NECO examinations but out of the 11 results released by the examination body, only nine candidates have the six mandatory credits including English and mathematics.

He explained that, 12 of the inmates who have cleared their papers would be enrolled at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for their first degree.

"The determination and resilient of our Controller-General who believes in total reformation of our officers was alluded to this successes recorded by our inmates in the last NECO examinations. 

"The difference between our candidates and other candidates outside there is that, our candidates have little time to play, from morning till evening, they are busy studying, so the quantum of time they devoted to reading resulted positively.

"From our discussion with the National Open University of Nigeria, we have a moritarium agreement with the National Open University, the NOUN is tuition free for our inmates from 100level to Ph.D level. We have several other inmates in our other prisons doing their Masters Degree and two of them in Kirirkiri doing their Ph.D.
Skynet Rescue Corps with the NCS Controller
"The National Open University had given us a centre here which we are trying to process the admission, I'm very sure before the first half of the year, we will have 15 of them admitted into the University. The beauty of it is that, even when the inmates are discharged, they are free to come here and write their tuitor marked assignment as well as write their exams free of charge."

Speaking on the challenges of over population of prison inmates awaiting trials, Controller Oshin called on the state judiciary to speed up trial and conviction of the inmates who are currently remanded in the correctional centre. 

He said, "Some time last month the state Chief Judge was here to do jail delivery, but I want to appeal to state judiciary to expedite actions on the various cases. We have inmates whose cases are awaiting Department of Public Prosecution's advice for the last three years and unfortunately, the Chief Judge could not go beyond her power until the DPP's advice comes out".

Meanwhile, the Skynet Rescue Corps on Thursday donated toothbrushes, toothpastes, beverages, toilet soaps, detergents as parts of activities heralding the two years anniversary of the Corps. 

Presenting the items to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Ilaro, Chaplain of the Rescue Corps, Dr. Adeyeye Kehinde Adedigba assured the readiness of the Corps  to provide rescue assistance to the inmates awaiting trials through provision of legal services.

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