Tunde Ladipo, Comptroller of Prisons, Lagos Command, has said that 24 inmates of the Ikoyi Prisons will participate in the forthcoming 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had fixed April 1 for its mock examination which would be optional for its candidates while April 11 has been fixed for the start of main UTME nationwide.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Comptroller noted that preparations have been concluded by the board to ensure a hitch-free examination for the inmates in its facility.
He noted that the inmates who had been undergoing intensive coaching at the facility’s school had demonstrated a great zeal and a high level of commitment in readiness for the examination.
“I want to say that we are very prepared and ready for this examination. A lot of work has already been done as part of our efforts to ensure that these inmates are well tutored and exposed to the use of ICT for the coming examination.
“We have prepared them on how to use the computer during the examination as it is on this mode that all the candidates will be tested. Thankfully, the organizers of this UTME have assisted the facility with 60 computers and other accessories and ever since this supply was made, we have been using them to train these inmates at the prisons’ school and their responses have been amazing.
“We expect that they will all come out in flying colours; as apart from the computers, we can also boast of a well stocked library, coupled with some teachers who have been coming to take them on various subjects,” Ladipo stated.