At least seventy-six inmates of Old Abeokuta Custodial Center, Ogun State have graduated from Yewa Central College of Education with the National Certificate in Education, NCE, while 18 others have enrolled to study various courses.
The provost of the College,Prof Bamigbose, in a graduation speech at the ceremony commended Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) for “shinning light into the darkness” of the inmates through good educational policies.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Oyeleke Victor, on Monday.
On his part, the Controller of the State Command, Mojeed Olaniran, said that the service had become a full fledged reformation institution with the enactment of NCoS Act, 2019.
He said; “the Service is ready to collaborate with individuals and organisations for the reformation of the inmates in it’s custody”
Olaniran therefore urged the inmates to make good use of the opportunity presented to them by the Service to become better citizens. He appreciated the authorities of YCCE for the long standing partnership with NCoS for the training of inmates and enjoined others to emulate the good gesture.
Recall that this website had reported that 40 inmates of the centre graduated from YCCE in 2019, while 13 others enrolled into NOUN in 2018.
Sixty-four others were awarded vocational certificates also in 2018 after acquiring skills in various vocations of their choice.
Sixty-nine inmates had also successfully completed NCE program in 2017.
The Command added that ” 50 inmates are currently running degree programs with NOUN and these include two masters degree students. This is owing to the support of Hospital and Prisons Welfare Initiatives (HPWI) and the Kuta Art Community, Non government Organizations, which has trained 32 inmates in the production of Adire , Kampala, Batik, tie and dye and Splash. “
Highlight of the event was the presentation of Honorary Awards to the Controller of Correctional Service, Ogun State Command and the Oba Kabiyesi Osile Oke-Ona.
Awards of academic excellence were also presented to deserving students.