Library Will Add Positive Growth To Inmates

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Centre for Legal Support and Inmate Rehabilitation, has said availability of libraries in the prisons will help in the development of the inmates.

Speaking during the donation of a hybrid library to the Ikoyi Correctional Centre, Lagos, Executive Director, CELSIR, Joke Aladesanmi, explained that the donation was done so as to assist in the effective rehabilitation of the inmates.
The elibrary was donated by CELSIR in partnership with Ford Foundation.
“The Importance of a prison library cannot be underestimated. It is a proven fact that a prison library has a very high tendency of bringing positive development to the inmates.
“The library is a 21 user library with resources that cut across different genres. The Library has an E-library section that has resources for inmates undertaking undergraduate and post-graduate programs at the National Open University of Nigeria. We have also ensured that the resources therein are available and useful to the prison officials as well.
It is our utmost desire that the library will be a place that lightens the hope of the inmates, modifies their behavior, changes their mindset, and empower them with skills that would make them into positive and productive citizens.”
A representative of Ford Foundation, Miss Adesuwa Ighile, said, “We are happy to support the inmates and promote human welfare. We are happy to support people who have been excluded. We are expecting you all to become productive members of the society.”
Director of Public Prosecution, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Ayoola Opadeji, who promised to also donate a judiciary book to the library encouraged the inmates not to waste the opportunity they had but return to the society knowledgeable.
Also speaking, Public Relations Officer, Nigerian Correctional Service, Mr Rotimi Oladokun, advised the inmates to take advantage of the library and other vocational training offered to them in the prison.

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