Ex-prisoners can live a meaningful life – Guidance Counsellor
Ex-inmate can live a meaningful life after servicing their jail terms if members of the public stop stigmatization against them.
This was the submission of a guest speaker, Mrs Ibukunoluwa Otesile at a capacity building and interactive session for ex-inmates in Ibadan organized by the Prisons Fellowship of Nigeria.
Mrs Otesile, who is a guidance counsellor believed that stigmatization is a major concern for ex-inmates, which had made it difficult for them to be reintegrated into the society.
While advising the former inmates to have a new mindset of themselves, aspire for competence in their vocations and continuously add value to their lives, the guest speaker said it was important for them to build their self-esteem.
Mrs Otesile appealed to Nigerians to show love and support to ex-prisoners and give them another chance to become better citizens.
Two participants, who were ex-inmate, Pastor Wale Adesola and Mr Kunle Olanrewaju identified lack of financial support, accommodation, stigmatization and interiority complex as some of the challenges confronting ex-prisoners.
Earlier, Oyo State Chairman, Prisons Fellowship of Nigeria, Prophet Boyede Sule said the purpose of the programme was to raise awareness on the plights of former inmates and for the society to recognize the equality in human existence.