It is gathered that the Lagos State Prisons Command says 35 inmates of the Ikoyi Prison School, Lagos, are participating in the ongoing January/February West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.
The Controller of Prisons, Lagos State Command, Mr Tunde Ladipo disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
NAN reports that the examination is newly-introduced by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
The ongoing examination is the first in the series.
It is taking place only in major cities and towns.
The examination brings to three, the number of the council’s examinations.
The January/February examination and the August/September diet popularly referred to as November/December diet are for private candidates, while the May/June diet is for candidates in schools.
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 are of top priority to us.
“We are not leaving any stone unturned as we are deploying resources available to us in ensuring that these inmates are empowered,” the controller told NAN.
He said that the prison authorities had been giving the inmates the necessary support to enable them to excel.