16 Ogun Custodial Centre inmates graduate in Qur’anic studies

Sixteen inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital has graduated after a six -month Qur’anic studies.

The programme was sponsored by the office of the Wakeelul Musleem Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Sheikh Al-Imam Iskeel Muh. Awwal popularly known as Alhaji Sugar, in collaboration with the League of Imams and Alfas, Ogun State.

Sheikh Awwal, during the programme, commended the Federal and the state governments for allowing the Qur’anic studies to be impacted on the graduands.

He appealed to the government to consider the graduands for amnesty arguing “they will be useful to the nation because they now know what is right and what is wrong.”

The Social Welfare/Education Desk Officer at the centre, Awesu Abdulhakeem listed Academic, Vocational and Religious educational programmes in its study centre.

Awesu said on April 28, this year, 75 Christian inmates graduated in Theology and then “we have the latest which are 16 inmates who have acquired knowledge on how to read the Holy Qur’an in Arabic and that is the essence of our gathering today”..

He said some others are being prepared for NECO and other examinations, while there are vocational skills like tailoring, hairdressing, carpentry while some are even singing etc.

According to him, no fewer than 76 inmates are currently undergoing different programmes at the National Open University Custodial Centre, and there are others pursuing National Certificate of Education.

Deputy Controller of Corrections, Ibara Custodial Centre, Abeokuta, Mr Bamidele Oshin, said the graduands were taught Qur’anic studies by Islamic scholars who took them at the study centre in the facility.

“As we are all aware the Nigerian Correctional Service primary aims and goals are reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration.

“We reform in diverse ways. The first one has to be religious integration into the system of the inmates. The moment their spiritual being is regenerated, there will be behaviour modification, and you expect that some of the truancy, and violence attitude which they earlier exhibited before getting here, would give way to good behaviour having undergone this kind of religious reintegration, and this would prepare them for further reformation activities.”

Oshin called on other religious bodies, Non-Governmental Organisations, communities and other well meaning Nigerians to partner NCS in initiating such laudable programmes, while advising youths to shun all forms of vices as they only lead to regrets in the long run.

Two of the graduands who spoke with journalists, Jimoh and Hussein, appreciated sponsors of the programme and the authorities of the NCS, particularly the Ibara Custodial Centre for the opportunity given them aimed at reforming their lives.