GOVERNOR IHEDIOHA VISITS NIGERIAN CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, OWERRI, INTERACTS WITH YOUNG OFFENDERS AND INMATES.
His Excellency Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State today visited and interacted with inmates at the Nigerian Correctional Service.( Owerri Prison)
After a facility tour of the entire premises, the Governor attended the openning ceremony of the SAVE THEM YOUNG re-orientation and reformation programme for juvenile offenders, a brainchild of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Information and Advocacy Ms. Adaora Onyechere.
In her welcome address, Ms. Onyechere highlighted the cardinal objectives of the Save Them Young programme which according to her is centred on reformation, rehabilitation and re-integration of juvenile offenders, plus the development of appropriate correctional programmes like civic education, skills acquisition, remand homes and other non-custodial facilities to assist young offenders.
She traced the factors that lead the youths into crimes to include lack of opportunities, inequality and exclusion. Speaking at the occasion, His Excellency, Governor Ihedioha reiterated his commitment to reasonable reforms in the correctional system, especially measures that seek to “correct and not condemn, rehabilitate and not reject, restore and not cast away”.
According to Governor Ihedioha, ” The necessity to salvage our young ones from the dark clutches of perpetual delinquency cannot be over emphasized”, stating that the youths are assets that must be nurtured, treasured and harnessed for national development.
The Governor called upon the Church, faith based and non governmental organizations to lend their hands in the efforts to make convicted offenders, especially the juveniles among them, better members of society.