Human ConcernFoundation International (HCFI), a department of The Muslim Congress (TMC) in conjunction with the Muslim Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (MPAN) has donated relief materials worth N.5 million to the prison inmates of Ibara Maximum Prison in Abeokuta, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria.
HCFI National President, Dr Ibrahim Oreagba, while presenting the relief materials, enjoined the inmates not to lose hope, assuring them of better life outside the prison yard.
Oreagba urged them to stay focus and seek forgiveness from God always.
According to him, prison is meant to change inmate untoward behavior to better one.
He regretted that reverse is the case in Nigeria and some other countries.
He enjoined government and the security agencies to seek ways of returning the prisons back to a habitable and soul-purification place.
Government, he said, should emulate the developed nations in making prisons better place.
He promised the inmates of the foundation’s continuous support, describing it as a religious duty.
Some of the items presented were packs of toothpaste, rolls of tissue papers, packs of antiseptic soaps, dozens of sponge, blanket, bedsheets, clothings, rosaries, praying mats, sewing machines, clippers, foot wears, drugs and bail charges of two inmates.
President of Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (PAN), Ogun State chapter, Oluwakemi AbdulKabir admitted that government cannot do it all, hence the need for individuals and organisations to join forces to move the nation forward.
The Ogun state chapter president of the TMC, Alhaji Ibrahim Ogunkoya, said the gesture is to create sense of belonging and responsibility.
He told the inmates that they are not forgotten by the public.
He urged them to be hopeful and whenever they regain their freedom, they should be good ambassadors and be God conscious. He hailed the effort of the Governor of Ogun State Ibikunle Amosun for his mission to rebuild the state.
He promised that TMC and other organisations will continue to support government policies and programmes that bring relief and development to the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Head of Medical Unit of the Prison, Alhaji Abdullahi Lawal, thanked the Deputy Comptroller of Prison appreciated the three organisations that initiated the programme.
He called on more organisations to assist in building mosque for the inmates, so as to instill morality among the inmate.