Some 35 inmates of Ikoyi Prison School, Lagos may be stepping out of the prisons with a fresh hope and new perspective to life.

They have started their walk into a different life, with their participation in the ongoing January/February West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates which is the first that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is conducting. 

These inmates have been prepared for the examination and the Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Command, Mr Tunde Ladipo, is hopeful they will excel. 

According to the controller, the authorities of the prison are working hard to ensure that inmates are given education opportunities. 

“I am pleased to inform you that the welfare of these inmates is of top priority to us. 

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“We are not leaving any stone unturned as we are deploying every resource available to us in ensuring that these inmates are empowered,” the controller told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday. 

The government and Non-Governmental Organisations have collaborated to help them get the reform that would make them changed persons with ambition. 

"I am sure that, with all the efforts of the government, NGOs and others in an attempt to help them to excel, they will post very impressive performances in this examination..

"We hope they come out in flying colours so we can get them enrolled into the National Open University of Nigeria where they will be further educated and empowered..

"With that, we have created an opportunity for them to contribute their quotas to nation-building whenever they regain freedom,” Ladipo said. 

The Principal of the school, ASP Idris Ibikunle, also hopes that the inmates would excel in the examination. 

"I am indeed happy with the way the examination is going. I must say it has been good so far. 

"We recently took delivery of a huge volume of books, which cut across all the subjects, from the Federal Government. 

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"Right now, the prison has entered into a partnership with the Prisoners Rights Advocacy Initiative, an NGO in the area of volunteer teachers. 

"Plans are also underway to give the school a deserved upgrade that will ensure a more conducive environment for teaching, learning and conduct of Computer-Based Test (CBT) by JAMB. 

"With all these in place, I expect better and brighter days for the education of our inmates," he stated.

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