Bayelsa State Command, Nigerian Prison Service, NPS, yesterday stated that plans are on the way to kick start regular skill acquisition programmes for inmates in the state as part of efforts to better their future.
State Controller of the Command, Mr. Mmeabe Legbosi, who disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the National Directorate of Employment, NDE, in Yenagoa, the state capital appealed on the Directorate for partnership.
“We want to be training them on different skills, so, we are here to seek support from NDE; all we need is synergy between us and the Directorate, who will be facilitating the programme.
“Bayelsa Prison Command want to bring change into the state prison community in building a better society; what can be done to the system to bring that change?
“The inmates need our help and support to make them useful to the society; we want to be training them on different skills to enable them become self-employed when they re-join the society,” he said.
Mr. David Apakasa, Co-ordinator, Bayelsa NDE said that the Directorate was willing to support the initiative in ensuring that the inmates in the state were equipped with skills.
Alpacas described the prison as “defined society” and said the importance of skill acquisition could not be over-emphasised to human capital development in Nigeria.
“The inmate need empowerment, so that when they come out, they will be able to feed themselves and even become employer of labour.
“NDE is ready to partner with you (Prison Command) but, firstly, we will take the message to our National headquarter for official approval” he said.
Mr. Osuchukwu Ahamefula, Assistant Co-ordinator, Bayelsa NDE commended the Command on their plans in building a better society through equipping inmates with necessary skills.
Ahamefula expressed optimism that their visit would be fruitful, saying that teaching a person skills was good for human development,” he said.

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