The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has donated food and non-food items to the Nigerian Correctional Service in Potiskum, Yobe state to support the feeding of inmates.
The Yobe State Focal Person of North East Development Commission Dr Ali Ibrahim Abbas presented the relief materials worth millions of Naira to the management of the Medium Custodial Centre.
The Yobe state focal person of the North East Development Commission Dr Ali Ibrahim Abbas said the gesture was to ease the suffering of the inmate and to make the correctional centre more conducive for them.
Dr Ali Abbas further assured that the NEDC in conjunction with the Yobe state government would continue to work towards providing succour to the people especially the less privileged and those ravaged by insurgency.
Also, the Yobe state commissioner of Justice Barrister Sale Samanja who was on hand to witness the presentation of the relief materials said, the ministry was working tirelessly to address congestion of correctional facilities across the state and training of inmates on various vocational skills to enable them to help themselves when they gain freedom.
“Therefore we are thinking of bringing some sewing machines, carpentry materials, knitting materials for female inmates and other vocational facilities that will enhance their lives after serving their terms”.
Barrister Sale Samanja expressed optimism that the food and non-food items donated would greatly assist in alleviating some of the problems facing the inmates.
Responding, the comptroller Yobe state command of the Nigeria Correctional Service Ali Isa said, as a social institution, the NCS need support from relevant bodies to cater for the needs of inmates under their custody.
He further commended the NEDC and the Yobe state government for their support to the Nigerian Correctional service in the state.
The items donated include 100 bags of rice, 50 packets of spaghetti, 50 cartons of cooking oil, 10 bags of sugar, 200 pieces of mosque nets, 200 blankets, 200 mats 500 pieces of facemasks, and 100 bottles of hand sanitisers.
Reporting by Alkasim Bala;Editing by Daniel Adejo