By Blessing Adesanya
As part of efforts in empowering inmates to become responsible citizen, Prison Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN in partnership with a church abroad have donated ten laptops to the Agodi Correctional Custodial Centre to enhance learning.
Delivering the items at the centre, the Chairman of the PFN, Prophet Boyede Sule said they were moved to complement the effort of the government towards educating the inmates.
He stressed that their impressive academic performance needed to be encouraged.
“We have discovered that over the years people will just come and bring food, eat food, after leaving this place and they get to the society if they are not empowered they will come back here.
So we felt the best thing is to educate and empower them so that when they move out, they will be useful to the society and to their families too”.
Prophet Boyede who was of the view that, if the inmates were not empowered with any skill, they could go back to their old ways when they were released, called for more support from Nigerian citizens and Corporate bodies in giving them a good life.
Expressing gratitude for the kind gesture by PFN, Assistant Controller of Corrections (in-charge, Agodi Correctional Centre), Mr Samuel Ayodele, promised that, the items would judiciously be utilized by the inmates.
” In fact, today’s gesture is a very wonderful one because, in this part of the country, we hardly find people who will be helpful to us, so when we see people who come to show this kind of gesture, we feel appreciated and we are happy.
‘‘At the moment we have inmates who have written NECO and had brilliant results that, they cannot go out to further their education, this made us seek the assistance of an Open University.
One of their conditions was to get about 25 laptops and the prison fellowship of Nigeria has been able to donate ten laptops which they promised to bring the remaining 15 later in the year. ‘‘We say thank u’’.
Mr Ayodele who noted that the correctional centre needed more assistance enjoined Nigerians not to relent in their efforts in making life better, adding that, they should show more love and care for the inmates.
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