LAGOS Prisons Command has said that education behind bars was getting more interesting with two of its inmates already pursuing their Ph.D at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison.
The Controller of Ptrisons, Lagos Command, Tunde Ladipo, disclosed this in an interview on Monday, in Lagos.
According to him, there is a renewed interest in education among the inmates across the various prisons in the state.
He said that the progress and courage exhibited by the two Ph.D inmates at the maximum prison had sparked off a new zeal for academic pursuits among other inmates.
“The command is committed to ensuring that no inmate is left behind in terms of education, as this is part of the reformation we are carrying out.
“Sometime around May or June, two of the inmates who have acquired their Masters degrees enrolled for their Ph.D in the newly established National Open University of Nigeria centre at the Kirikiri facility.
“One of the inmates is studying Business Management and the other, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and the Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), who personally presented them with the letter, approving their Ph.D courses said it was tuition free.
“To us, this is ground breaking and very encouraging, as they have shown that they are not limited by the situation they found themselves. And that is part of the essence of our on-going reformation across the prisons.
“As a result of this, the command is also witnessing an increase of enrollment of inmates into various categories of learning at the various prisons schools.
“We are indeed happy with the establishment of the new National Open University of Nigeria centre at the Kirikiri Prison, with state-of-the art facilities such as ultra modern and well stocked library, computers and air conditioners,”
According to him, a total of 157 inmates across the prisons in the state have registered for the upcoming second series of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates.
Giving a breakdown of the statistics of the inmates from the various facilities, he said that 91 of the inmates were from the Ikoyi Prisons, 12 from the female prisons, 14 from from the medium and 40 from the maximum Prisons.
“Aside intervention from the federal government in preparing the inmates for the examination, a bank also presented cash donation, as well as some fans, in an effort to upgrade the facilities for conducive teaching and learning,” he said.
The state controller said that empowering the inmates with education would go a long way in restoring confidence in them, as well as make them less dependent persons, whenever they regained freedom.