By Polycarp Auta
Mr Noel Ailewon, Plateau Controller of Prisons on Monday said no fewer than 300 prisoners were being trained on vocational skills across prison formations in Plateau.
Ailewon, who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos, said 200 of them were from Jos prisons alone.
“The command takes programmes that will assist in reforming the inmates seriously while in custody so that they become better persons after serving their jail terms.
“At the moment over 300 inmates in this command are currently being trained on bead making, carpentry, tailoring, among others
“The various formations have workshops where inmates undergo training.
“The inmates who participate in such vocational training are the convicted ones, since they will someday regain freedom,” he said.
According to Ailewon, some of them are going through primary and secondary education while some engage in farming.
He said that 12 of the inmates who sat for the NECO examination “passed excellently.”
“This goes to show that we are not resting on our oars to ensure the inmates become better persons in the society after their jail term,” he said.