The Uromi Catholic Diocese has donated a multipurpose skills acquisition centre for the training of inmates at the Ubiaja Prisons.
The facility was on Wednesday inaugurated by the Comptroller of the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Prisons Service, Mr Amadin Osayande, after it was handed over by the Bishop of Uromi Catholic Diocese, His lordship Bishop Donatus Ogun.
The multipurpose skill acquisition centre has a barber’s shop, hairdressing salon, tailoring and computer sections.
Osayande, who thanked the Bishop and the Catholic Church, said the donation was the first of its kind in Edo Prisons Command, assuring the Bishop that it will be put to good use.
On his part, Bishop Ogun urged the inmates to embrace the centre and make good use of its facilities to develop themselves while serving their terms.
He said, “you are not in the prison because you are bad but because you made bad decisions.
“We did not put the project in place because we are happy that you are in prison, but to make you a better person when you come out of the prison.”
The Bishop added, “If God has spared you, it is because God loves you and want you to repent and be a better person. If you come out of prison worse, it means you are a failure.”
Ogun appreciated the friendliness of the prison officers, adding that “if not for their approval, we would not have been able to execute the project.”