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Stakeholders seek improved welfare for prison inmates

By Ernest Nzor, Abuja
01 December 2022   |   3:25 pm
Stakeholders at the Shamies Unusual Hearts Foundation, third annual lecture series, on Monday, called on the government to increase the welfare of prison inmates and their general conditions across the country.

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Stakeholders at the Shamies Unusual Hearts Foundation, third annual lecture series, on Monday, called on the government to increase the welfare of prison inmates and their general conditions across the country.

Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Executive Director, Shamies Foundation, Amb Saratu Abdul, explained that they had empowered several youths with the requisite skills to fit into the labour market and fend for themselves.

Abdul, who was represented by its Director of Communications, John Olugbemi, called on the government to increase budgetary allocation to correctional service.

He said: “Through numerous programmes and activities, we have empowered several young people with the requisite skills to fend for themselves and their immediate and extended families while contributing positively to the growth and development of our nation Nigeria.

“For us, the invaluable lessons that we have learnt since we began interfacing with the correctional sector have made us realise that for crime to be less attractive and correctional facilities to fulfil their mandates.

“We must partner with the major stakeholders in the correctional value chain while supporting the initiatives of this administration towards crime prevention and youth empowerment. Through collaborative partnerships and efforts, we will fulfil our mandate.”

In his remarks, Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, assured Nigerians of a safe yuletide season, saying that the Police have begun adequate measures to ensure peaceful celebrations.

The IGP who was represented by the Area Commander, Metro-FCT Command, ACP Adamu Babayo, said, the Police would also collaborate with sister-security agencies to maintain law and order in the FCT.

He said: “We’ve stepped up our security measures, we have rolled out almost all our apparatus, to make sure that this yuletide celebration, will be the most peaceful in recent years.

“You can see that through the massive deployment we have in the FCT. We have a lot of tactical teams that are out. If you go around strategic locations, you can see the presence of our policemen.

“One thing we always make sure we abide by, is we make sure we have synergy with other agencies. That collaboration is what we need to make sure that not only the police but other agencies are also involved to ensure safe yuletide celebrations.”

Also, the Director of Programs, Shamies Foundation, Mr Shedrach Oka, stressed that the essence of sending people to prison is to make them better citizens.

However, the president of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Uche Rowland Ojinmah, represented by Dr Emmanuel Sabo, noted that the association has set up a committee of doctors to oversee the correctional center and prisoners warfare.

He said: “The responsibility of the committee is to go around Nigerian prisons and look at the environment and the manpower. Then the supply chain of medical services, the existing structure of the custodian’s centers, and then we’re going to serve as an advocate, to plead on the government to increase the funding, especially as you got the healthcare services.”