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Group empowers, offsets fines for inmates in Ebonyi prison

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PRISONS Officers Wives Association (PROWA), has empowered four inmates, who have already completed their jail terms and also offset fine for other four inmates in order to mitigate their continued incarceration.

The national president of the association, Hajiya Gwamma Ahmed, Wife of the Controller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr Ja’afaru Ahmed, extended the gesture during her visit in Abakaliki.

Ahmed said the gesture was part of its social responsibility, adding that the association had assisted the four inmates whose options of fine was given but could not meet up with the payment. Also, the other four empowered inmates, comprises three males and a female, who had served out their jail terms and while serving, acquired some skills. Ahmed advised the inmates to avoid engaging themselves in acts capable of bringing them back to prison.

“Everyone is unique in one way. To the beneficiaries, who have acquired skills, these equipment and materials will facilitate their income generation upon their discharge,” Ahmed said.

She commended the efforts of Ebonyi Government in the ongoing construction of a new prison and donation of vehicles to ease activities of the command and promised to support in the upliftment of the prisons.

The Controller of Prisons, Ebonyi Command, Mrs. Emelia Oputa, said that upon her assumption of office at the command, she inherited a moribund PROWA in the state. She said that she had been able to resuscitate the group and the acquisition center, which was at a window level of completion through public private partnership.

She expressed appreciation for the support of Gov. David Umahi, in giving a facelift to the prisons in the state. Oputa said: “There will be no prison without inmates and the actualisation of the vision of Nigeria Prisons Service becomes paramount. “We achieve these through various programmes like inmates’ education, skill acquisition, welfare services, sports and many other programmes.”

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