Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization (CAPIO) Participates in the 4th Convocation Ceremony of Graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
The Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization (CAPIO) has been at the forefront of using education as a reformation tool for inmates in Nigeria. Over the years, CAPIO has supported inmates to write the Senior Secondary School Exam (SSSE). On 29th June 2021, CAPIO participated in the 4th convocation ceremony of six (6) graduates from National Open University of Nigeria, Enugu State Custodial Centre.
Kevin Iloafonsi, Assistant Controller of Corrections in his welcome address unequivocally stated based on evidence that no discharged student has returned to custody as a result of relapse into crime (recidivism). He pointed out that beyond the six (6) graduates, eleven (11) students graduated with Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), two (2) students graduated with Master of Science (M.Sc.), while one student is in the process of bagging a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at UNN. Kevin Ilofaonsi in his remarks stated Enugu custodial centre is one of the best Centres with National Examination Council (NECO)Examination between 2016 to 2020, with 114 students registered for NECO in 2020. He further appreciated CAPIO supporting the adoption of education as a reformation tool for curbing recidivism among inmates through her donation of a brand new photocopier and the payment of NECO registration fees for all SSCE students who passed the mandatory mock exam, over the years.
Challenges highlighted by Kevin Iloafonsi, Assistant Controller of Corrections are; the need for infrastructural expansion of academic auditorium, computers, desk and chairs to meet the needs of 245 enrolled students, as well as, the need for a Facilitator from National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).