A Non Governmental Organization, NGO, under the aegis of Breath of Freedom Foundation, with the mandate to promote inmate rehabilitation and release through reforms, skills, trainings and capacity building, medical outreach, human right monitoring, care and support services, has restated its commitment to ensure it promotes quality healthcare for inmates.
Speaking on Monday, during a medical outreach in Kuje Prisons, Abuja, it’s Chairman Board of Trustees, Bar. Tony Ekwoaba, said the organization comprises of young lawyers, doctors and youths from various walks of life with the zeal to change the status quo across Nigerian prisons.
He averred that the NGO seeks to pay the fines, secure the release and ensure that inmates and detainees do not go back into crime by rehabilitating, training and equipping them with necessary tools to start a new craft after their release from jail or cell. Adding that this will foster their reintegration into the society and reduce the rate of return to crime.
Bar. Ekwoaba said the Foundation also seeks to collaborate with the Police High Command, to ensure unjustly detainees are fred, and reintegrated with their families.
On his part Bar. Saifullah Bello, Head Legal Operations said the foundation seeks to release poor detainees or prisoners by repaying their debt through donations and will also collaborate with police heads to ensure unjustly detainees, if not charged to court, are released.
Adding his voice the Head Medical, Dr David Ekeonwu, said the foundation will organize periodic health screening programs for soon to be released and serving inmates and provide drugs and health facilities to them.
While hosting the visitors, officer in charge of Kuje Prison, DCP Innocent E Onoja, commended the NGO for their benevolent act stressing that their major challenge is the reintegration of detainees into the society against acts of discrimination. He called on the public to change their attitude towards ex-convicts so they don’t go back to their former deviant acts when back into the society.
He said he he is overwhelmed that such initiative is coming from a group of young teeming youths. He beckoned on them not to give up the good work, adding that the service is open to criticisms and inputs and would give them all necessary support to help them achieve their mandate.
The NGO which is made up of a team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and youths from all walks of life ensured that over one hundred inmates received medical attention and drugs.
Source: – authorityngr.com