75 inmates of Ogun theology degree bag
Up to 75 inmates from the Nigerian Correctional Service, Ibara Maximum Security Detention Centre, Old Abeokuta, Ogun State, have obtained degree certificates in theology and undergone six-month training, focusing on their reform and their rehabilitation.
The program, which was organized by the Anti-Corruption Resource Center (ARC) in conjunction with Right Thinkers Global Initiative, benefited from the combined efforts of other ministers of God who have repeatedly visited the court to teach graduate students.
At the graduation ceremony held at the Abeokuta Detention Center premises, the project’s national director, Dr. Olamide Emmanuel, said the event was an effort to reform and rehabilitate minds. criminals.
“We have combined our efforts with some men of God to work at the prison center here. We have about 75 of them who have distinguished themselves to serve God. Some of them were released and they started working outside. The program is in three stages and it has already been a year today.
“We found that many leave this place destitute with nothing to fall back on. They are castigated on the outside, they are stigmatized. But, with the help of God’s ministers, we have built their psyches so they know that this is not the end of life, better things are out there for them,” he said. -he adds.
He, however, revealed that the third stage of the program would produce graduates with a bachelor’s degree in theology, saying, “We already have those who are qualified for this.”
Assistant Comptroller of Corrections, Oshin Bamidele, who is in charge of Ibara Maximum Security Detention Center, felt that the duty of correctional officers is to reform, rehabilitate and reintegrate.
“As correctional officers, our mandate is to reform, rehabilitate and reintegrate society. We achieve this through educational programs and religious activities. 75 inmates went through the theological school known as the seminary. We have seen very drastic changes in them,” Bamidele said.
Meanwhile, the center’s social services officer, AbdulAkeem Awesu, said, “Today we are graduating 75 of our Christian inmates who have distinguished themselves in seminary school. This program falls under the religious education of prisoners. They will receive a diploma. »
According to him, the training was not only to train “pastors”, but for moral modification, spiritual care and protection.
“It goes beyond being a pastor. It is about moral modification, spiritual care and protection, and instilling in them discipline and the word of God. Being a pastor is a choice, but they went through a process of reformation and rehabilitation. My advice for them is to keep going,” Awesu said.
In their separate remarks, a male and female graduate (names withheld) explained that they were spiritually and physically reformed by the training program, while thanking the organizers.
In order not to end up in jail, the inmates advised the youths to obey all the rules and regulations set by the government.