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Over 240 IDPs to Attempt JAMB Exam next year in Edo.

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The Coordinator of the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDP), Uhuogua camp, Ovia North East Local Government Area, in Edo State, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, says two hundred and fifty-four inmates from the camp will attempt the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, in April next year.

Pastor Folorunsho, made the disclosure in an interview with Newsmen yesterday at the camp in Uhuogua near the state capital.

IDP camp in Nigeria
IDP camp in Nigeria

The Cleric explained that no fewer than 267 inmates of the camp had been enrolled for the examination by the centre since the camp opened in 2015.

Folorunsho recalled that, 33 inmates from the camp had enrolled in 2016 and other 53 enrolled in 2017.

His words; “But for 2020 JAMB, the number has more than doubled as 254 inmates are expected to be enrolled.”

“In 2018, we had 63 inmates enrolled and in 2019, the number of inmates enrolled was 118.

Folorunsho noted that, of the 118 inmates who attempted the JAMB Examination in 2019, close to 100 of the total number, secured admissions into various tertiary institutions across the country.

The caregiver, also disclosed that no fewer than 335 inmates would be taking the Senior West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examination in June next year.

He explained that the same number of candidates would be attempting the National Examinations Council (NECO) and the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) examinations respectively.

Folorunsho revealed that, in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 the number of inmates who registered for the examination were 50, 61, 91 and 84, respectively, bringing the total number of inmates who registered for the examinations in the past four years to 286.

He said that for the four-year period, a total of 502 inmates were enrolled for NECO with a breakdown of 148, 62, 96 and 196, respectively.

Similarly, within the same period, a total of 425 inmates were enrolled for the NABTEB examination.

“The breakdown shows that 38 inmates registered in 2016, 144 registered in 2017, 95 registered in 2018 while 198 registered in 2019.

“But in 2020 we want to register 335 IDPs for the three exams so that at least if any of them doesn’t pass WAEC, perhaps they can pass either NECO or NABTEB exams, “he maintained.

Folorunsho disclosed further that, 480 inmates were also expected to be enrolled for the June 2020 Junior WEAC examinations. He noted that, the number was inclusive of 40 students from the community who were students at the centre.

He added that, the management of the camp had made education a priority for the inmates because it was the best that could be done to discourage the inmates from engaging in all forms of vices.

“Giving the inmates education is the best we can do for them and Nigeria, to take people out of illiteracy, thuggery, fanaticism and various forms of vices,”he stressed.

Naija Center News, learnt that, no fewer than 800 inmates at the IDP had been reunited with their families since the facility opened five years ago.

Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, stated that, with the growing concerns of hardship, the need to seek support from the larger society is sacrosanct.

While thanking those who have contributed in the time past, he appealed to Government Agencies, International bodies, and the larger society for more aides to engage the barrier of feeding the increasing numbers of IDPs in the camp.

He urged people to see the IDPs as part of the society, who will contribute to the development of the random society when given the required Education.

Editor’s Note: The image is for the mere purpose of illustration.

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