...set to establish skills acquisition center in prison
The Former Transition Chairman of Obot Akara Local Government Area and President of Amama Prisoners’ Care Foundation, Comd. Emmanuel Amama has provided items worth millions of naira to inmates of the Ikot Ekpene Prison.
Speaking at the presentation of the items, Comd. Emmanuel Amama said that the foundation is poised at inculcating morals on the inmates which will transform them to be better citizens tomorrow.
In his words, “this gesture which will help transform and mobilize them to lead meaningful lives in the society; transforming them from a cycle of crime to a cycle of renewal; to motivate and inspire people to take positive actions on prisoner’s human and civil right through our legal services and to fast-track the delivery of judgement for the inmates awaiting trial and also solicit freely for the vulnerable who do not have the means of financing their trial”.
“I recalled my first visit to this Prisons in 2004 immediately after my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), when I started in 2004, I had nothing and I came here as a person to thank God. But today, I stand here with the Management Team of the Non-Governmental Organization, because of the value we place on this ministry The Foundation is set to do its work at the National level. We are here because out there, God has shown us mercy”, he stressed.
He admonished the inmates to be hopeful and committed to the work of God who he said, is preparing them for a glorious destiny. “As an NGO, our duty is to take up the responsibility of caring for our brothers hence, not regarding you as Prisoners and not describing this place as a Prison but a Correction Center”.
Anama assured the inmates of the Foundation’s plans and willingness to establish a skill acquisition in the prison and requested for the list of inmates from Obot Akara Local Government to enable the Foundation’s Legal Team help out those without a means of financing their trial.
He noted that not less than 25 inmates have regained their freedom courtesy of the Foundation’s Legal Team who solicited for inmates, from 2015 till date.
Responding, the Officer in charge of the Ikot Ekpene Prison, DCP K. A. Njoku thanked Comd. Emmanuel Amama for caring for the inmates.
According to Njoku “the greatest inspiration anybody can give is being an inspiration to others and also the greatest gift is giving to someone who can never give you back and indeed, Amama Prisoners’ Care Foundation has demonstrated the inspiration and has displayed a pure heart of giving of all times.”
DCP Njoku promised to send the list of Inmates from Obot Akara LGA as requested by the Foundation and prayed God to bless and reward them.