The Nigerian Prisons Service has equipped 45 former inmates, with start-up materials to help them hit the ground running in the various skills they have acquired while in incarceration.


The Controller General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed while performing the symbolic presentation to some of the ex-offenders at the National Prisons Headquarters, Abuja explained that the beneficiaries were drawn from various prisons nationwide. He also stated that the trade tools to be distributed cover barbing, carpentry, welding, hairdressing, tailoring and masonry.


The CGP expressed hope that the skills acquired by these inmates and the tools being given to them will offer them a more qualitative life through gainful employment and even give them an opportunity to be employers of labour.


Ja’afaru urged the beneficiaries to justify government’s heavy investment in providing the tools by working hard.


One of the beneficiaries, Mr Osua who was a lifer for drug peddling but served a total of fifteen years before he was released, thanked the Government and the Nigerian Prisons Service for the materials. He said his years in the prison were not wasted years as they were spent acquiring life sustaining skills. He said he learnt carpentry and artistry in prison and that the materials he is being given was a dream come through for him. He pledged to put the materials to maximum use.