The Nigerian Prisons Service has achieved a significant score in custodial education on the Plateau. The 2017 academic calendar featured, various academic and vocational programs geared towards the reformation and rehabilitation of inmates, with the objective of securing a safer society for development to strive.
The Command Public Relations Officer, Luka Ayedoo (Asp) said the Command achieved a remarkable increase in school enrolment from 52 inmates to 205 inmates, spread across different academic and vocational programs in all Prisons facilities in the State.
The inmates sat for the 2017 Basic Literacy Examination conducted by the Directorate of Adult and Non-formal Education of the Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board, and have been placed into Junior Secondary classes. 24 inmates participated in the 2017 Basic Certificate Examination organized by the Plateau State Education Resource Centre which qualified them for placement into Senior Secondary classes.
He said 22 of the inmates passed the examination while 2 inmates reseated one paper each. The Service was also able to register 21 inmates for the 2017 NECO External Examination which is ongoing.
Lakushi Farm Centre trained 67 inmates in rice production. The inmates were seen through tractor operation, planting, pest and weed control; 15 inmates of Lamingo Farm Project got training on poultry farming, while 56 inmates are undergoing training on bead making, hairdressing and woodwork respectively. More so, efforts are underway for the establishment of National Open University Study Centre in Jos Prison.
The Service gained the support of the Plateau State Government, philanthropist, religious bodies and NGOs who provided funds and services for the realization of the said achievements.
To this end, I wish to express our profound gratitude for this commendable gesture and seek for increased collaborations and support.
The Service remains committed to investing in public safety through the secured Prison system and the rehabilitation of inmates.