Thursday, 12 June 2014

Nigeria's Controller of Prisons Laments Congestion of prisons with Inmates

Okechukwu Onuegbu

R-L; Prof. Elo Amucheazu, Former Director of NOA; Mr. Isaac Ezechi, INEC Resident Electoral Commission in Delta state; Chief Godwin Ezeemo, CEO of Orient Group; HRH Eze Gibson Nwosu of Awka during the Voters Education excercise today in Awka.
Mr. Zakari
Controller of Prison, Mr. Zakari Ibrahim has lamented over congestion of inmates in the various prisons in the country, explaining that a-ward ought to be occupied by160 prisoners most times, accommodates over 400 inmates.
Mr. Ibrahim, who equally expressed concern over proliferation of prisons at the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, explaining that the resources expanded in erecting these buildings would have been converted to companies and industries to engage our teeming unemployed populace if not for violence and crimes our people often involved-in.
The Controller General of Prisons spoke through his representative, Mr. Emmanuel Akpan, while speaking at the today's voters’ education held at Awka, capital of Anambra state.
According to him, warders would be happiest if the number of prisons and inmates in the country reduce, because according to him, majority of inmates are youths and best brains of our land, but were kept therein due to some circumstances or awaiting trials.
He further reiterated the needs for proper family orientation and reorientation so as to inculcate basic moral virtues into youths right from childhood, even as he called on Nigerians to shun voters apathy and electoral violence such as assassination of political oppositions, looting of lives and properties.

Declaring the programme open, Governor Willie Maduabuchi Obiano, represented by the state Commissioner of Special Duties, Mr. Nobert Obi bemoaned the prevalence of voters' apathy in the state despite that it has over 1.7 million eligible voters.

Earlier in a speech, Director General of National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri enjoined Nigerians of voting age to always resist voting for monetary inducement.

While Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, former Anambra state Governorship Candidate of PPA and CEO of Orient Magazines and Newspapers, who incidentally sponsored the programme, hinted on the importance of one man one vote which was the theme of the sensitization.

Other who spoke at the occasion was the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, Igwe Gibson Nwosu, Police, youth leaders, students, women leaders among others.



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