By Angeleen Nkwocha
In a bid to effectively rehabilitate, reform and reintegrate offenders into the society the Nigerian Prisons service has sensitized inmates against the dangers of drug abuse.
Speaking in Abuja recently at a sensitisation and drug abuse campaign in commemoration of 2018 UN drug abuse campaign programme in Kuje Prison, the Comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed said the programme became paramount as a result of the high number of youths involved in drug related offences.
Ja’afaru who spoke through Deputy Controller of prisons in-charge of inmates training and productivity, Muhammed Nata’ala said more research have shown that youths in isolation and melancholic state tend to find solace in drugs to ginger them up adding that in as much as these inmates are undergoing reformatory processes, the HELP program has aided immensely in bringing them up to date with the ills associated with the abuse of drugs.
“The campaign is not all about educating the youths on drug abuse and its consequences, but also providing best practices in withdrawal systems as well as providing alternatives for such patients. These alternatives include but not limited to healthy sports competitions, craft works, religious activities and educational programmes.
“The staff of Kuje prison will borrow from these best practices and make it a routine for all inmates and especially those with drug related offences,” he said.
Speaking at the event, the Comptroller of Prisons FCT command, Sylvester Nwakuche decried the high number of youthful inmates with drug related offences stressing that they are the productive sector of the economy.
He appealed to the public not to stigmatise offenders adding that the service is not leaving any stone unturned in ensuring that programmes are in place to curb the menace.