By Blessing Adesanya
Expanding and adequately equipping Correctional Centres’ libraries will make learning more condusive for inmates.
Deputy Controller of Corrections, DCC 1 in Charge of Welfare Unit Agodi Custodial Centre Ibadan, Mrs Oluwatosi Otubu representing the officer in charge, Deputy Controller of Corrections, Mr Ayodele Olusola, stated this while receiving some sets of scientific calculators from Non-governmental organization, NGO, Ibadan Descendants Union of Houston Texas in collaboration with the Centre for Gender, Health and Social Rehabilitation, based in Nigeria.
Mrs Otubu, who expressed appreciation to the NGO, noted that the Centre for Gender, Health and Social Rehabilitation had been the major contributor to the educational well-being of the inmates by opening up an automated library fully equipped with books and computers in partnership with Nigeria Connect, an NGO based in Atlanta, Georgia.
She solicited further assistance from the nongovernmental organisation and the Ibadan Descendants Union of Houston Texas, as the government alone could not adequately cater for the needs of the inmates.
Delivering the items to the correctional centre, the President of the Ibadan Descendant Union, based in Texas Mrs Titilayo Sanusi, noted that the organization had earlier donated four laptops in support of the automated library project in the Correctional facility, assuring the Facility of their continuous support.
She added that the Association would not rest on its laurels but would continue to strengthen the HOPE initiatives of the Centre for Gender, Health and Social Rehabilitation at the Agodi Facility because proper education of the inmates would make them useful to their community.
Mrs Sanusi explained that the association would work with its partner at the Centre for Gender, Health and Social Rehabilitation in Nigeria to provide more items to the health centre.
Earlier, during a December visit to the Correctional Centre by the Centre for Gender, Health and Social Rehabilitation, an official of the Ibadan Descendants Union of Houston Texas, the Medical Officers at the Health Clinic had complained about the inadequate medication at the Health Centre and sought for help, which the NGO promised to offer.
Highlights of the programme included the touring of the female and the male sections, and the presentation of scientific calculators.