CORRECTIONAL CENTERS: Prison Fellowship Nigeria Partners NCoS To Decongest, Add Value To Officers And Inmates

Prison Fellowship Nigeria, PFN, a faith based NGO say’s, it aims to help decongest and add value to the Nigeria correctional service, NCS, and it’s inmate across the country.

It made the pronouncement on Monday during a “Two Day Work Shop On Inmates Behavioral And Cognitive Modification Programmes” in Enugu.

The Theme of the workshop, titled, “Remedial Programmes Symbiotic Reinforcement”.

Speaking at the event, the executive director, Prisons Fellowship Nigeria, Benson Iwuagwu, said, the core purpose of the two day event, is to reinforce the synergy between the Nigeria correctional service and the fellowship, PFN.

Iwuagwu while addressing journalist, explained that, to achieve the feat, the organization has spreed it’s focus to other areas that will directly impact the inmates.

He said, “officially we are in about thirty states presently, so prison fellowship, it has been a while, it’s a faith NGO concerned primarily with providing material and medical support. But now we have expanded the scope to other areas that will more directly impact the inmates which includes, some of our activities within the criminal justice chain, restorative justice, free trials, diversion, correctional officers behavioral workshop like this one here today”.

He further added that, the relationship between the two parties, (PFN and NCS) will help the focus it both has in actualizing it’s reformation, rehabilitation and re-integration agenda.

Iwuagwu also insist that, “through its activities, it wants to achieve a Pre-trial diversion, where minor offences need not go through full criminal trials, but through the restorative justice process, which he said is an effort to improve acess to quality of justice and to decongest the prisons and the court as well”.

Giving his keynote adress, the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, represented by the Assistant Controller General of Corrections, Mustapha Iliyasu Atta, appreciated the management of PFN for their support towards assisting the service in actualizing it’s reformation, rehabilitation and re-integration process.

According to him, “I am delighted to witness Zone ‘G’ workshop which climax the end of this robust, impactful and well-articulated seminar on Inmates Behavioural Modification programme”.

Declaring the workshop formally, open, Nababa said, “To further domesticate the (PFN) training capacity building intervention programmes, in favour of the Nigerian Correctional Service, I hereby request the management of (PFN) to collaborate with the training unit of the Nigerian Correctional Service Headquarters Abuja to produce a compendium that will showcase your training conducted so far, including the service traditional and external trainings with other relevant agencies”.

“While the privileged selected officers here present, you are to take this training very serious, as you will be serving as train-the-trainers in your zone/stations”.

“Once, again, I wish to appreciate the management of (PFN) for partnering with the service for the past 2 years. You are fully commended”, he Concluded.

Meanwhile, Mustapha Iliyasu Atta confirmed that, as the last zone comprising, Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Edo and Delta States, the welfare officers were segmented into zones making up the 8 zones in the Federation.

Atta acknowledged that, the officers are being trained for capacity building and effective service delivery, stating that, this was necessary since the correctional service is saddled with the responsibility of reforming the offenders to better fit in back to the society.

Among the officer’s trained is the CPRO, Enugu State Command, Dympuna Ugwu .

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