The Obijackson Foundation, in partnership with the Nigerian Correctional Service, Akwa-Ibom State Command, has organized “Inmate’s rehabilitation and empowerment programme” for inmates at the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom S notate, aimed at reducing their chances of getting back to crime upon release from detention.
At the event, inmates with minor offenses received skill acquisition training, get trade test certifications, have their fines paid, and were empowered with starter packs and cash to set up their businesses upon release.
Also at the event that had as its theme, “Imprisonment for correction: a call for rehabilitation and empowerment of inmates for a better society”, National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Study Centre for inmates was flagged off, and in recognition of the importance of digital literacy skills in today’s world, the foundation set up a mini ICT Lab for the center to enable interested inmates acquire degrees and necessary digital skills for self-improvement.
Speaking at the event that featured exhibition items produced by the inmates, as well as choral rendition, Akwa-Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Ibom Deep Seaport, Dr. Bassey Okon, and the Comptroller of the Akwa-Ibom State Command of NCS, Julius Ezugwu, appreciated the Obijackson Foundation for their humanitarian services, and pledged to do their parts in sustaining capacity building of inmates.
In her remark on behalf of the Obijackson Foundation, the Executive Director, Barrister Mrs Nnenna Obiejesi, said the group believes that to achieve its aim of building, empowering and transforming communities, a holistic approach is needed in the planning intervention programmes.
She noted that re-integrating the inmates back into society with skills and start-up items will reduce their chances of getting back to crime and make their lives and that of their families better, describing it as resounding impact.
Elaborating on the importance of partnerships in making an impact on the society, Mrs Obiejesi called on all stakeholders to do their bits.
At the event attended by representatives from the Army, DSS, NSCDC, NIS, Fire service, FRSC, partnering NGOs, NBA, and other well-wishers, the Obijackson Foundation was presented with a humanitarian service award.
Credit: Joseph Egbeocha