Beholding the high-fenced environment of Kirikiri Prisons is enough to make one appreciate freedom.
And seeing the inmates being remembered by those lucky enough to enjoy freedom could be quite emotional, especially for the inmates.
That was the case recently when miss Intellects Queens in collaboration with Girls Inspired Africa & Above Only Homes, visited the female wing of the prisons in Kirikiri, Apapa, on the 31st of January 2020, with Sanitary Pads, foods, and drinks to Go round the Inmates.
Looking around the correctional centre, you could see some facilities, including an ICT centre and a study centre.
In an opening address by one of the high Ranked officer of the prison; what used to be called a prison is now a correctional centre, which seeks to make inmates better persons before being re-integrated into the larger society.
“When you visit this place, your perception will change because it is no longer a prison per say but now a custodian centre for correctional services says the officer.Our experience was Electrifying because in the Correctional Center they also have models, Even to the level of having their own Agbani (Beauty queen) and lots of different talents. We also noticed that For as long as the inmates are in there, they can be trained to become self-dependent, there was a fantastic synergy between the officers and the inmate of the facilities which have not been seen before in any similar facility before.
The Queens Numbering Up to Four (4), Queen Miracle Adeola,Queen Faith Osas ,Queen Margaret Paul and Queen Olivia Peace with correspondents from Girls Inspired Africa and Above Only Homes , told our correspondent that the visit was in the spirit of The Pet projects of the Queens tagged project “Pad The Inmates” focused on love and oneness, as the beauty pageants Motto reads (Beauty For Mankind)
Addressing the inmates, the President of Miss Intellects Pageant, ‘Mr. Jeff Onyeka Geoffrey’ and Representative from Girls Inspired Africa Miss Bukola , expressed gratitude to the warm welcome from the prison officials and also expressed optimism in the inmates becoming better people with no doubts in the near future.
“Upon our visit today, we know that the Almighty God will grant you all your heart’s desires.
“We are happy that we visited the inmates because it has given us a wider knowledge of things they need and also how best we can help to encourage them academically. And, by God’s grace, we will plan our next visit with items related to what they need more.
A plan to Extend The project “Pad The Inmates” is ongoing,we wish to extend the Visit to most Female Prisons in Africa and any region we would cover month by month till our avision is been met ,”Mr Jeff Onyeka said. a rather hysterical mood with fists pointing to their visitors, all the inmates echoed, “God bless you, see you outside soon. we Love you all” .
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