Seeks special fees waiver
The Nigerian Correctional Service, (NCoS), Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), command, has completed the registration of 53 inmates of both the Kuje and Suleja custodial centres in preparation for the November/December West Africa Examination Coucil’, (WAEC), Senior School Examination,(SSCE), for external candidates.
Completing the online registration for some of the inmates at the Kuje medium security custodial center yesterday, FCT Controller of corrections, Ahmed Ahmed said he is hopeful the selected candidates will excel.
In a communique signed by the Public Relations Officer, ( PRO), of the command, Humphrey Chukwuedo, Ahmed noted that “the centre is known for producing candidates with excellent results.”
Urging all registered inmates to shun all forms of examination malpractices, the controller encourages all to make themselves available for the ongoing intensive preparation classes in order to make good grades as that is imperative to their smooth reintegration after serving their terms of imprisonment.
“Look beyond incarceration and see the hope that education brings, and not let the efforts of the Service be in vain.”
Officer-in-charge of Kuje Custodial Centre, Deputy Controller of Corrections Shehu Ibrahim, appreciated the non-governmental organisations “that volunteered their resources and time towards making the registration a success”
Ibrahim however noted the high examination fee burden on the service and called on the examinations body, WAEC, to give a special fee waiver to the NCoS by making the registration of inmates free of charge as a way of ensuring a more productive force and positive contribution to society by ex-convicts who have served out their prison terms
He further called on the federal government to assist in making both WAEC and NECO examinations free for inmates just like the National Open University of Nigeria has done This, he said, will allow for more inmates to be enrolled for the examinations.
According to the communique, one of the registered inmates who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, express the appreciation and readiness of those registered by the service, to do their best in the examinations.
He said the effort of the service with support from faith-based organisations toward improving inmates’ education will be well reciprocated.
He promised on behalf of others to do their best as their target is to gain admission to study various courses at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).