The Nigerian Correctional Service says the focus of the MOU signed with a Chinese company (Erjim Investment Limited) on Wednesday is to generate revenue and empowered prison Inmates.
The Public Relations Officer of the Service, Controller Francis Enobore, told THE WHISTLER on Thursday that the agreement would be beneficial to inmates of correctional centres.
“Our target is that when you leave the prison you will not only be useful to yourselves and family alone, and by extension one or two persons will be able to come under you for employment,” he said.
According to him, the signing of the MOU climaxed a series of negotiations that have been going on since 2016, when the investor made a proposal to the service to build shoe, garment and leather factories.
Enobore noted that it had been the dream of the Controller General that no prison inmates comes and go back the same way.
“Basically the service is established to ensure that characters are managed and rehabilitated so that they continue to be useful to themselves and the society in general,” he said.
He added that a unit called “aftercare unit” is already in place that handled the provision of materials and equipment for people who have successfully completed the trainings.
He explained that the initiative cut across all prisons in the country, with the two factories situated in Kano and Anambra states.
The spokesman of the service urged other investors to partner with the service in other to empower those serving their terms.