About 43 inmates at the Kuje Medium Prison in the Federal Capital Territory FCT who sat for the November/ December last year were on Friday presented with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) statement of result.
In a ceremony organised by the FCT command of the Nigeria Prisons Service and NUGA Best, a non-governmental organisation which funded the programme for the inmates, it was an atmosphere of joy for the inmates.
Speaking at the occasion, the Controller of Prisons, FCT command, Kasali Yusuf, said the Nigerian Prisons authority adopted the model of reformation, rehabilitation and re-integration to transform the minds of it’s inmates from their old lifestyle to a better one through the use of information and counselling.
Kasali thanked the director of NUGA Best, Pastor Hilary Chukwuma Akpu, for identifying with the activities of the Nigerian Prisons Service in the reformation of inmates in the command.
He also urged all awaiting trial inmates in the prison to take advantage of the opportunities available in the prison for free education.
“We are proud that an inmate can start primary to university education in Kuje with the opening of a centre for the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) study centre in the prison.
“About 33 inmates have gained admission into various degree programmes at NOUN with the first set in 200 hundred level now,” he said.
He noted that the basic challenge facing the Nigerian prisons is the congestion of prison cells by awaiting-trial inmates which has overwhelmed several prisons across the country.
The controller assured inmates awaiting trial that the prison authority was working hard to press on the criminal justice system to speed up the various cases of inmates pending in courts.