Friday, March 20, 2020

60-year-old inmate, 25 others, write 2020 UTME at Ikoyi Custodial Centre

A 60-year-old inmate was among 25 others, who participated at the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), by the JAMB at the Ikoyi Custodial Centre school on Thursday in Lagos.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who monitored the examination, reports that the process commenced at about 9.45 a.m after they were taken through their biometric verification.

Mr. Ameen Akoshile, a JAMB roving officer for Lagos State expressed satisfaction at the entire set up and the conduct of the examination proper.

He noted that there was a need to further encourage such inmates, who have shown zeal in furthering their education, in spite of their seclusion.

According to him, there is also the need to commend the Federal Government for providing learning opportunities for the citizenry irrespective of where they may find themselves.

”I must commend the Federal Government for this opportunity for these inmates. It shows its commitment in giving equal opportunity to all, in terms of learning.

”We were in Italy some years back and some of the professors we met there told us they learned from the prisons and got their Ph.D.

”And when they finished their course, they were released unconditionally. I think that is very commendable.

”I will also like to commend the officer in charge of this custodial centre and his men, for the efforts put in, in preparing these inmates for this examination.

”They are indeed doing a good job and must be encouraged to do more,” Akoshile, a retired Federal Director told NAN.

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