No fewer than twenty-three inmates of the Ikoyi Prisons School on Wednesday participated in the just concluded 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Reports revealed that the inmates, who turned up early, also showed enthusiasm on sitting for the examination.
ASP Ibikunle Idris, Principal of the facility’s school, told newsmen that a total of twenty-five inmates actually registered for the examination but twenty-three inmates sat for the examination.
According to the Principal of the school, out of the twenty-five that registered, nine of them were however discharged before the date of the examination.
He, however, stated that out of the nine discharged inmates, seven of them came back to the facility to join others in taking examination.
“Two of the nine that were discharged did not show up for the examination. But I must say the examination is a huge success. By our judgement, it was 100 per cent hitch free.
“The systems and the backups were all working at their best and on our part, we ensured that candidates were well relaxed while they wrote the examination. With the level of preparations we had for them prior to this examination, we will not expect anything short of 270 and above score.
“We would want to commend some NGOs such as the Good News Baptist Church and other volunteers who joined hands with us in preparing the inmates, including our own staff and inmates. It was a joint effort,” he stated.
He also added that the Controller General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed; the former Controller of Prisons, Lagos Command, now Assistant Controller General of Prisons, Tunde Ladipo, had both showed great commitment in the overall welfare of the inmates.