Foundation Pays WAEC Fees For Prison Inmates
—Donates Computers, TV, Laptops, Others To Centre
An Abuja based non-governmental organisation, Legend Golden Care Foundation (LGCF), has paid Internet subscription and WAEC fees of inmates of Suleja Correctional Centre in Niger State.
The foundation also donated study equipment, comprising desktop computers, laptops, television and generator sets, printer, photocopier, as well as internet facilities, to the correctional centre.
Executive Director of the Foundation, Kanayo Olisa-Metuh, who presented the educational equipment to the center, said the gesture was to assist the inmates acquire necessary qualifications and skills needed for gainful means of livelihood after serving their prison terms.
Olisa-Metuh noted that a critical aspect of the Criminal Justice System is “the re-entry process, through which persons in correctional confinement are prepared for return to the community as reformed and useful members of the society.”
According to her, “A major part of the re-entry process should be ensuring that the inmates are equipped with means of livelihood; while for some, it will be skills acquisition, for others it will entail formal education.”
The Executive Director warned that inmates who were not able to receive such rehabilitation while in custody would likely return to crime at the end of their prison terms.
She charged the inmates to make good use of the equipment, and at the same time, urged the the prison authorities to ensure their proper maintenance.
Deputy Controller of Correctional Centre Emmanuel Omeke who represented the Comptroller General, appreciated the foundation for its gesture towards the inmates.
Omeke noted that before now, students of the E- Learning Center had to be taken to Kuje Correctional Center to take their examinations but stated that with foundation’s intervention, the examinations would now be conducted in Suleja Correctional Centre.
He assured the foundation that the items donated would be properly maintained.
Legend Golden Care Foundation is a self-funded, self-propelled charity and human rights non-governmental organisation which focuses on the material needs of the vulnerable, poverty alleviation, educational support, community development, rights advocacy and pro-bono legal services to the underprivileged including inmates in Nigerian Correctional Centers.
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