The Onitsha Correctional Center in Anambra State has been approved for West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) and equivalent examinations.
The Chaplain of the Correctional Centre, Rev. Fr. Batholomew Okpalanwugo, disclosed while hosting the Archbishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke.
“The inmates have been approved to be writing the West African School Certificate Examination and other equivalent board for the ordinary level examinations in the correctional centre,” he said.
The chaplain appreciated the Archbishop, priests and other church leaders for their love and prayers for the inmates which he said were working.
Okpalanwugo also praised a politician Edward Ibuzo for donating a live cow to the inmates.
The Deputy Comptroller, Onitsha Correctional Centre, Val Nwosu, described the frequent visits by the Archbishop to the inmates as hope and motivation to the prison management.
Earlier, Archbishop, Catholic Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke, said: “The skills acquisition centre must become functioning so as to enable the inmates get better rehabilitation.
“I want to assure you that this centre will transform the inmates to become better individuals.”
Some items donated by the Archbishop during the visit included biscuits, a Christmas cake, toiletries, laundry items, toothpaste, one slaughtered cow, 10 bags of rice, among others.