The Prison Rehabilitation Mission International (PREMI), has tasked the Federal Government on the proposed release of 4,068 inmates from the custodial centres. In a statement by PREMI’s Director General, Bishop Kayode Williams, the association commended the idea by the Federal Government, describing it as a brilliant idea that must be commended by Nigerians.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo , has initiated the release of 4,068 inmates who have served various terms of imprisonment with an option of fine or compensation as part of efforts to decongest the Nigerian Custodial Centers, which according to the minister was the government’s commitment to transform custodial and non—custodian facilities to align with international human rights standards and effective correctional practices, and was in line with president Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision Speaking on the proposed release Bishop Williams stated that as an experienced NGO of many years they welcomed the proposal, “our experiences as an NGO Ltd by Gte over the years of our vigorous engagement in reformation, rehabilitation, reintegration and resettlement of ex-inmates reveal to us, that less attention have been paid to the “life- after-prison”, especially the perpetual stigmatisation and failure to positively intergrate them into full social system.”
Bishop Williams also reasoned that most of the acquired training and skills from Correctional Centres are abandoned, when they find themselves in helpless agony and hunger, which result from lack of follow-up and committed attention to systematically engage them in social development and continued mentorship. He, however opined that, as far as Prison Rehabilitation Mission International is concerned, the responsibility to reintegrate the ex-inmates must not be left alone to the government.
“We as humanitarian organisation PREMI is more than ready to partner and support the positive initiative of the Federal Government both professionally on technical reforms that will ensure international best practice in Nigeria Correctional Service as well as strategic development that will ensure safe and secured integration of ex inmates into our fragile society.”