NGO renovates centre, empowers inmates in Suleja Custodial Centre

By Ibironke Ariyo


An NGO, Hope Behind Bars Africa, has renovated a skill acquisition hub and empowered some female inmates at the Medium Security Custodial Centre Suleja in Niger.


The Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs Oluwafunke Adeoye, on Tuesday said that the NGO donated five new sewing machines, including an industrial machine, six stools, two fans, two pressing irons, scissors, tape rules and other sewing materials.

According to her, the essence of the donation was to enhance the inmates’ access to functional skill acquisition while in custody.


She said that the gesture was to assist the inmates to acquire necessary qualifications and skills needed for gainful means of livelihood after their terms in the center.


She commended the Controller of Correction Center and the entire management for always opening their doors for partnership and innovations.


Adeoye expressed their gratitude to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) for partnering with the organisation on the laudable initiative.


According to her, this renovated skills centre is a game-changer for the women at Suleja Correctional Centre by equipping them with practical vocational skills.


“We are not only fostering their personal growth but also paving the way for their successful reintegration back into society.


“We are here today to support what the Government is already doing in helping female inmates of Suleja Correctional center that are so inclined to achieve their dreams of acquiring skills.


“We thank the Controller for considering the female inmates for this skill acquisition centre which will offer training programmes.


“This include tailoring, embroidery and garment construction, providing women with the necessary skills to secure employment upon release,” she said.


According to her, this is not only increases their chances of financial independence but also boost their self-confidence and reduces recidivism rates.


Earlier, the NCoS Controller, FCT Command, Francis John, expressed gratitude to the Hope Behind Bars Africa for supporting the Command at such a time.


John said that such a gesture could only be borne out of three motivation.


This, he said, included genuine love for humanity, desire to bring relief to persons in Custody, and Promoting the service mandates of Reformation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration.


He appreciated the NGO for their partnership while looking forward to better synergy.


“I see in Hope Behind Bars Africa genuine love and humanity, desire to ensure that persons in custody are well taken care of.


“You are genuine partners with the Service and this is just the beginning of further partnership. I am confident this initiative will play a significant role in reducing recidivism,’’ he said.

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