The Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Abeokuta, Ogun, Mrs Violet Ogbebor, says six inmates who studied under the Borstal Training Institution (BTI), are now seeking admission into the Nigerian Universities.
Ogbebor made the disclosure on Tuesday at the inauguration of three renovated blocks and donation of 100 mattresses by the Fidelity Bank Helping Hands Project in Abeokuta, Ogun to the institute.
The Borstal Training Institution (BTI), Abeokuta, is the Juvenile arm of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Abeokuta.
It is one of the three borstals in the country; the other two are located in Kaduna and Ilorin in Kwara, the facility at Abeokuta serves the entire Southern part of Nigeria.
BTI was set up for correcting, training, reforming, rehabilitating and reintegrating young offenders.
Ogbebor said the institute registered 15 students for JAMB, adding that 13 students scored beyond the 200 marks, with the highest scoring 267, while the lowest had 181.
“They are admitted into the facility to spend between a year and most three years for training and correction within the facilities, basically to correct their antisocial behaviour,” she said.
The official said that the students also engaged in vocational training, including tailoring, barbing, shoemaking, knitting and weaving, carpentry, Arts and design, photography and video recording among others.
The controller said that renovated blocks, donation of 100 pieces of chairs and tables and table tennis board would affect the institution in a great deal.
“What FHHP has given us will help re-sharpen the lives and worldview of the boys.
“The items will provide us with better and conducive environment to enhance their ability to learn, improved health and ease adaptation to training.
“This will help aid the institution steps in the actualisation of its statutory mandate of reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration,” she said.
Also, Mr Bayo Adeyinka, the Regional Bank Head, South-West 1, Fidelity Bank, said that he was in the institute three months ago to see how the bank could assist it.
Adeyinka said that the bank gave its little to the institute, because of its belief that everybody deserves a second chance in life.
Ohwueebe said the bank was coming out as an institution to make life better with the project, adding that it was meant to change life and creating a better life.
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