The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has revealed that, as part of the ministry’s shift from incarceration to reformation and rehabilitation, 4,767 inmates enrolled for adult education programmes in 2022.
Aregbesola added that 1,704 inmates sat for West African Senior School Certificate Examination and 634 of them passed.
The minister said this when he inaugurated an office complex for the Nigeria Correctional Service in Avu, Owerri, on Friday.
He said, with the removal of custodial centres from the exclusive list, states should invest in corrections, particularly rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates.
Aregbesola disclosed the complex would provide a good working environment for officers and men of the command, which would in turn translate to greater national security.
He said the NCoS had, in recent weeks, inaugurated similar projects in Osun and Rivers with expectations that its six custodial villages, one in each geopolitical zone, would soon be completed.
According Aregbesola, “Each of the six custodial centres we are building will accommodate 3000 inmates, have five High Courts and several enterprise facilities for skill acquisition by inmates.”
In his remark, the Controller General of the NCoS, Haliru Nababa, thanked the minister for his pragmatic leadership and support, adding that the complex would highly motivate the staff to produce excellent results.
“The importance of providing an appropriate and conducive working environment cannot be over emphasised as it is germane for excellent service delivery.
“I am fully confident that the service will witness additional output as a result of this upgrade in infrastructure and this is a step in the right direction,” he said.
Awards of excellence were presented to Aregbesola and Nababa by the Imo chapter of the International Prison Chaplaincy Association of Nigeria.