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Sixteen inmates at the Ijebu-ode custodial center, Ogun State have been awarded masters of desktop publishing and use of Internet.
The Information Communication and Technology training which lasted for six months was facilitated by Justice Initiative Frontiers, a Non-governmental organization.
The convener of JIF, Kehinde Yekeen said, the training was organized to promote justice in Nigeria and help inmates achieve their goals.
Yekeen added that, ICT facilities were also donated to the custodial center to enhance efficient and effective training of the successful desktop publishers.
He called on members of the public to support the foundation in achieving humanitarian driven projects.
“JIF in partnership with officials of the Nigerian Correctional Service in achieving the aim of restorative justice has been playing a vital role in providing much needed qualitative legal services for geniue and deserving inmates and have also sponsored a host of inmates in various fields ranging from acquisition of entrepreneurship skills in Information Communication and Technology, Fashion designing to acquisition of tertiary education.
“We have equally donated ICT facilities to the training centres of this Center to help in efficient and effective training of the graduates and other candidates. We have also engaged in series of projects like legal orientation”.
The convener however expressed appreciation to the welfare officer of Ijebu-ode custodial center, Mr. Akintunji Oyebode for facilitating the partnership between the organization and the custodial center.
In his address, the Controller of Corrections, Ogun State Command, Mojeed Olaniran stated that, the command also produced 76 holders of Nigeria Certificate Examination (NCE) , adding that 13 others are currently undergoing degree programme at the National Open University of Nigeria.
Olaniran said, another 75 inmates in the state would participate in the 2021 November/December National Examination Council (NECO).
The controller who was represented by the officer in charge of Ijebu-ode custodial center, Abel Oso noted that, the examination fees of the inmates were facilitated by some Non-Governmental Organizations, religious bodies and families of inmates.
He said “35 inmates who sat for the 2020 NECO examination have been duly registered on scholarship programme at the National Open University of Nigeria.
“About 60 of inmates in Ogun State have been awarded certificate in vocational trainings. Some of our inmates are also undergoing adult literacy program.
“With the support from organizations, religious bodies and some individuals, the command has also successful trained 32 inmates how to produce Kampala”.