As Ja’faru Ahmed bows out of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS) on Thursday, 21 January, 2021 as the Controller General, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has commended him for his achievements in the NCoS particularly in the education sector.
Ogbeni Aregbesola spoke glowingly of the achievement of Ahmed in NCoS with particular reference to education of inmates across the various Correctional centres spread across the country.
The Minister spoke on Tuesday, 19 January, 2021 during the commissioning of the operational vehicles for the NCoS in Abuja which incidentally was the last official public outing for Ahmed.
According to the Minister, the educational and self-improvement programme of the NCoS saw an unprecedented rise in the number of inmates that enrolled for schooling during the reign of the now retired CG.
Ogbeni Aregbesola disclosed that presently, 465 inmates in various correctional centres across the country are currently studying various degree programmes in various tertiary institutions across the country. Their courses of study include but not limited to: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution; Criminology and Security Studies; Political Science and Law among others.
Apart from this, the Minister stated further that 23 inmates are currently undergoing various post graduate programmes: One is doing his Doctorate Degree, 16 doing Masters programme and six in post graduate diploma classes.
Ogbeni Aregbesola confirmed that 1, 404 inmates wrote the last SSCE, 634 among them passed with five credits including English and Mathematics; 4, 757 inmates enrolled for the Adult Education programme, 1, 162 among them graduated.
In the area of Vocational Education, 280 inmates: 267 males and 13 females studied and acquired Trade Test Grades III, II and I certificates in vocations such woodwork, welding, shoe-making, barbing and dress making.
Other achievemenrs of the retired CG according to the Minister included but not limited to: efficient management of Correctional Centres across the country during the pandemic to the extent that no case of Covid-19 recorded and construction of 3,000-capacity ultra-modern custodial centres in Janguza, Kano, North West; Karshi, Abuja, North Central; and Bori, Rivers State, South South.
“Under him, the Service has lived up to its billing as Correctional institution,” Aregbesola said.