A group of corps members under the Charity Community Development Service (CDS) has visited and donated relief materials to inmates of the Goron Dutse prison, Kano.
The group which was led by Harun Adegbenga, stated that the visit was part of the CDS outreach programmes and intended to bring succor to the inmates, some of whom might have found themselves in the prison by circumstances.
Welcoming the group to the prison, the Deputy Superintendent (Operations), Mr. Kabeer Habeeb, praised the corps members for their kind gesture towards the inmates; noting that such visits will give them a sense of belonging.
Also, a correctional officer, Mr. Hassan Abbas Adebimpe, acquainted the corps members with various offences that could lead to being remanded in the prison. Explaining that there were differences between civil and criminal offences, he stated the Nigerian Prison Service is trying to rehabilitate the inmates to become better citizens.
According to Mr. Hassan, the NPS, aside empowering inmates with various skills, is also trying to engage some of them in educational development programmes. He mentioned that there were ongoing efforts to enroll some of the inmates in the National Open University Programmes, amidst other plans.
Speaking to the inmates, one of the corps members, Ahmed Baba Abdurrahman, charged them to be patient in all situations; urging them to remember that after hardship ease comes and also not to forget the life of Prophet Yusuf who was imprisoned but later became a king in Egypt.
Ahmed encouraged the inmates by reminding them that some persons had been in prison and came out to become great personalities; citing former South African President, Nelson Mandela; Nigerian Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Muhammadu Buhari.
Likewise, the group treasurer, Maryam Abdul-Ganiyu, spoke to the inmates, spurring them to make use of the opportunities that abound in the prison to become better citizens when they regain their freedom.
Adding to the words of encouragement, the group’s head of media, Sani Ibrahim Paki, told the inmates never to lose hope for whatever reason; emphasising that there are brighter days ahead for everyone.
Responding on behalf of the inmates present, the leader of the Christians, Pastor Lawrence, expressed their happiness in the visit; saying the corps members’ act was in line with the gospel of God. He prayed for them to attain greater heights in their future endeavours.
Corroborating his Christian counterpart, the Mu’azzin of the inmates, also conveyed their elation; noting that the visit gladdened them so much. He stated that the visit rekindled their hope of the better days ahead.
Some of the materials donated by the group included sanitary pads, detergents, soaps, other valuables and token cash to meet some basic needs of those present.
The activities were coordinated by executive members of the CDS group in conjunction with the head of planning committee, Zulai Usman Salihu.
The CDS is a compulsory mechanism of the National Youth Service Corps through which corps members give back to their immediate communities during their service year.