Monday 25th September, 2017
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59 Ikoyi Prisons inmates sit for 2017 UTME

59 Ikoyi Prisons inmates sit for 2017 UTME

Fifty-nine inmates of the Ikoyi Prisons, Lagos on Wednesday and Thursday sat for the on-going Unified Ter­tiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the figure was an improvement over the 32 that sat for the examination in 2016.
The Principal of the Ikoyi Prison School, Mr .Idris Ibikun­le, said that the candidates were better prepared this year, adding that he was expecting better per­formance.
“More inmates registered for the examination this year because they saw the need to secure their future and prepare for re-integra­tion after their prison terms.
“Many of them have realised that they ought not to be in pris­on if they were educated.
“It is because of lack of edu­cation and lack of awareness that pushed some of them into getting involved in dirty habit and anti-social behaviour which landed them in prison.
“Some of them, because of lack of education, were cajoled into participating in criminal ac­tivities,’’ Ibikunle said.
The principal added that the prison authority had supported the inmates in preparing for the examination.
Ibikunle noted that the in­mates would proceed to the Na­tional Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) if they meet up admis­sion requirements.
The Deputy Controller of Prisons, Mr. Julius Ezeugwu, said that the examination was con­ducted without any hitch, add­ing that he was optimistic that the candidates would perform well.
Ezeugwu explained that the examination was taken in batch­es in order to allow for those who have court appearance to do so.

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