9Janewshub.com.ng reports that two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), the Centre for Gender Health and Social Rehabilitation (CentgendHSR) and Nigeriaconnects, have donated 3,000 books to Agodi Correctional Centre to ease learning by the inmates.
Members of the Adetunji family also joined the NGOs in donating books, generators, and bookshelves to the correctional facility.
This, according to the family, is in memory of their deceased parents, Alhaji Muritala and Alhaja Olufumilayo Adetunji.
Speaking at the occasion on Thursday in Ibadan, the Managing Director of CentgendHSR, Dr. Oluwatoyin Ilesanmi, said that the donation was aimed at improving learning and ensuring that no lives of inmates were wasted or routed as a result of incarceration. According to Ilesanmi, incarceration of the inmates in the correctional center does not mean that they should not read, learn, acquire degree certificates and live meaningful lives. She said the gesture was to rehabilitate, reform, and rebuild the inmates so that they too could live meaningful life anytime they were released.
Ilesanmi said that the books would assist the inmates in reading to further their education, pass examinations, and compete with others in society.
The managing director said the NGO would soon equip the library with computers, projectors, and photocopiers to facilitate e-learning, as obtained at Kirikiri correctional center. She said that equipping correctional facilities’ libraries by the group was not limited to Nigeria, stressing that it had equally been done in Liberia, while that of Ghana was on course. Ilesanmi, while appreciating those individuals and organizations that had been assisting the group, called for more support from kind-hearted Nigerians in expanding the correctional facility’s library to make learning more conducive for the inmates. In his remarks, the Deputy Controller in charge of the facility, Babatunde Olushola, represented by his assistant, Oluwatosin Otubu, appreciated the donors for the gesture. Olushola said the donation was timely, adding that the inmates had participated in more than four external examinations and recorded 80 percent success.
Speaking on behalf of the Adetunjis, Mr. Lukman Adetunji, said that the family decided to donate the items in memory of their deceased parents.
Adetunji pledged that the family would further assist the center in other areas of need.