A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Christ The Healing Stream Initiative (CTHSI) has agreed in principle to work with the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in giving ex-convicts a new lease of life through training and empowerment.
The Deputy Director, Ekiti NDE office, Mrs Folasade Ajiboye hinted this at Ado Ekiti Correctional Centre, during an evangelism and empowerment programme facilitated by CTHSI for inmates.
The NGO’s Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Oyenike Daramola, added that the vocational and entrepreneurial training promised by NDE would help in making the ex-convicts economically self-sustaining after serving out their jail terms.
Daramola decried the congestion in the Ekiti Correctional Centre, urging the State’s Attorney General, Mr. Wale Fapohunda to take all legal and administrative steps to correct the anomaly.
She said decongesting the Correctional Centre became necessary to avert outbreak of diseases, hardening of the inmates’ minds and spirits as well as checkmating inhuman treatments that were against United Nations Human Rights Charters.
“The capacity of this Correctional centre is 324 and the population now is 530, this is congestion, and we need to decongest it. Let those who are having civil cases be given community punishments, rather than cramping them in correctional centres.
“Though we know that they have committed offences, but they are Nigerians, they needed to be treated with respect and dignity because in actual fact, serving prison sentences is meant to mould one’s life better.
“This is an era when Covid 19 pandemic has become an issue with alarming spikes all over the world, we have to be circumspect of what is happening in the correctional centres, by ensuring that congestion is not allowed.
“Those to be trained and empowered in partnership with this NGO will be exposed to welding, barbing, farming, hairdressing, and other entrepreneurial training that can make them productive, rather than being redundant,” she stressed.