Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary was celebrated at the Kirikiri medium prison with ecstasy and fun as the inmates thrilled the audience with the skills they acquired whilst in the prison.
The inmates showcased a practical example of what they are able to acquire during incarceration.
Beautiful clothes, paints, shoes, insecticides, and others were displayed whilst fish ponds, poultry farm and others were shown to the public as what they can do for the development of the country.
The inmates’ exploits were made possible by the Inmates Restoration Foundation(IRF) headed by Chief Charles Taylor a body that coordinates other Non- Governmental Organisations at the Kirikiri Medium prison to enable the inmates acquire skills that will make them shun crime and be self-dependence after serving their jail terms.
Speaking with www.newstracker.com.ng the coordinator of the programme an Ex-prison Chaplain Darlington Ajitemisan an ex-International prisoner said the inmates decided to celebrate the independence day like their colleagues in other prisons across the country and to launch their products believing God for their own Independent(freedom from prison).
According to him, several sections which are the Christians, Moslems and the NGO’s have come together to sponsor the inmates for training in several areas such as fishing, paint manufacturing, poultry and fish farming, shoe making, amongst others which they have acquired the knowledge and have started producing them.
“Because they believe if they acquire such trade ,they should be able to be self-independent when they are out of prison and with this, crime will be reduced in the country. They also give them funds which will help them to start on their own after their stay here” the ex-international prisoner explained.
Ajitemisan, said their products are tested and proven by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, (SON) and the National Agency For Food Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, who were on ground at the launching ceremony to attest the quality of the goods they produced.
He lamented the number of inmates in the prison which he said were 3,700 against the 800 persons capacity ‘the NGO’s come together to sponsor the training of the 3,700 inmates, the capacity of this prison is 800 but what we have now is 3,700 men amongst the convicted population are the youths. They have no reason to be here, they are supposed to be at the remand home.
The coordinator canvassed for assistance from members of the public to assist the IRF to enable it train more of the convicts so that when they go back to the society they can have something meaningful to occupy them which will further help in crime reduction in the society.