The Lagos state controller of Prison, Mr Tunde Ladipo had disclosed that there were plans to take the Nigeria prisons to the next level.
CP Ladipo said Nigeria Prisons is no longer a punishment centre but a correctional institution where inmates were rehabilitated and reformed to become better citizen.
The Controller said this during a thanksgiving banquet which took place the Medium Prisons, Kirikiri, Lagos.
“Today is the day of thanking God. I am highly excited to be here.This is an important day for Lagos Prison Command.
“I welcome everyone to this thanksgiving. This is a programme organized by PRAWA in conjunction with Nigeria Prisons.
“The theme is “making of kings.” All of us seated here are kings and queens. I want to thank God for this programme and as we all know, medium is a favoured prison amongst other prisons.
“I can also see a lot of improvements here. I commend the officer in charge for these achivements inspite of the challenges.
“I also commend the Dr. Uju Excecutive Director PRAWA, for her service to humanity. She is the only prison officer in Nigeria that has refused to wear our uniform but I’m love with the Nigeria Prison Service.
“Officers of the Nigeria Prison Service must be honoured and celeberated. Despite challenges, with your hardwork, you all have contributed to the smooth running of this place.
“Lagos State Prisons Stand out whenever prisons are mentioned. The prisons are being run to meet international standard and we are proud of our officers.” he said.
He further commended the government, both state and federal for their support and also the inmates for peace and tranquillity in the prison.
Dr. Uju Agomoh, Executive Director, PRAWA also said the event was to thank and celeberate God.
She described it as an opportunity to thank the prison officers and inmates and to encourage inmates to see themselves as leaders.
“This is also to advise inmates to be hopeful and thankful. That you are in prison does not mean the end for you.
“For the fact that you have life, stand in the part of the righteous and you will be kings.” she said.
Dr. Uju added that there are three types of inmates which are the innocent, the guilty with minor offences and the hardened criminals.
“Our job is to guide them here and as parents, we should also make sure we give them enough attention so that we can take the right action in ensuring that succeed in life.” she added.