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NCS tasks public on mentoring, reintegration of inmates

National Commandant of Peace Corps, Professor Dickson Akoh discusses with the released inmates at the Medium Security Custodial Center, Otukpo, in Benue State. Photo: Sandra Udeike

Non Governmental Organizations, Groups and Individuals who secure the release of inmates have been advised to mentor and re-orientate them psychologically as well as reintegrate them into society.

The Assistant Controller of the Nigeria Correctional Service, ACC Alabi Rasaq gave the advice during the visit of a delegation of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, led by its National Commandant, Professor Dickson Akoh, at the Medium Security Custodial Center, Otukpo, in Benue State.

ACC Rasaq explained that the Center had frequently carried out reformation programmes for the inmates but expressed regret that most inmates released usually get back to the Center for committing another crime.

He stressed that if those that secured the release of the inmates followed up and meaningfully engage them, the crime rate would be reduced.

He said the Center, established in 1923 with 115 inmates had been renovated and now carries out activities such as soap making, shoe making and sports.

He advised youths to take advantage of skill acquisitions by NGOs and empower themselves to avoid crimes.

ACC Rasaq appreciated the efforts of the Peace Corps of Nigeria on youth empowerment and urged other organizations to emulate it.

The National Commandant of the Peace Corps, Professor Dickson Akoh said the visit was part of the humanitarian activities to commemorate the organization’s 24th anniversary.

Professor Akoh pointed out that he was detained at the Kirikir, Kuje, and Suleja facilities not for crime but for the vision of projecting the PCN and that his experience had contributed to his quest for youth empowerment and mentoring.

He stressed that inmates must not be neglected as they were still Nigerian citizens and pledged to complete the Chapel structure which was at the foundation level in the Center.

One of the released inmates, Moro Benjamin expressed appreciation to the PCN and pledged to avoid crime at all costs.

Our Correspondent reports that the Peace Corps secured the release of four inmates with automatic employment and donated items such as cow, bags of rice, bags of salt, gallons of groundnut oil, and other foodstuffs.

Reporting by Sandra Udeike; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino