Yekinni Adeyemi reports
Dr. Nathaniel Oyinloye, the Founder /CEO of Hospital & Prison Welfare Initiative (HPWI) in Nigeria, also Hospital & Prison Action Network (HPAN) in the UK had renovated the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) study centre of Ibara Prison in Abeokuta, Ogun State and equipped it with a reasonable facilities. This according to him will empower the inmates as they serve their term in the prison.
The Deputy Controller of the prison service, DCP. Kolawole Sunday, commended HPWI for the initiative and further intimate the inmates on proper use of the facilities.
“I am amazed at Dr. Oyinloye’s approaches to the prison and for his contributions towards the Nigeria Prisons Service because this is not my first experience with him. He also own the first charity shop in Nigeria as after cares, where inmates can get new cloths immediately they leaves the prison for them to fit into the society immediately, Sunday said.
“This is another icing on the cake as our inmates in Ibara Prison will now be empowered in the act of computing and studying in a conducive environment as such skills will enable them start a new life. The prison is not to punish the inmates but to correct and rebrand them, Kolawole concluded.
The initiator of the initiatives, Dr. Nathaniel speaking with newsmen made known that the facility shall be of immense benefit to the prison and most especially the inmates who will learn new skills from the study centre and a brand new life will begin for the inmates and our community will be crime free soonest.
” This is not our first project in Nigeria, we have the first Crèche to look after babies born in or brought to the prison here in Ibaraby HPWI, the first charity shop in Nigeria to support inmates (After Care Project), we equally support Prison Football Competitions, Prison Theatre Group and the Prison Musical Band which are all up and running, he said.
“We are doing this as our own way of contributing to the society and we want Nigerian inmates to be rebranded from the prisons because I see the it as a rehabilitation centre and not a place for punishment, Oyinloye concluded.
HPWI is working towards building the Rehabilitation & Resettlement Centre on 5 acres of land and building of Deportees Camp on 2 acres of land in Nigeria soonest.
Present at the event were the President of Rotary Club of Alagbado, Rotn. Ayodele Abatan and members of the club plus other top dignitaries.