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PRAI at Pro Bono Week 2021

Our Executive Director/Founder – Mr. Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem had the honour of speaking at the Panel Session closing the Pro Bono week in Lagos last Friday. He discussed on the need for the implementation of Section 12(4)- (8) of the Nigeria Correctional Service Act 2019 as well as the need to embrace non-custodial measures provided in the Act to solve the endemic overcrowding bedeviling our Correctional Facilities.

He also highlighted some reasons why Defence lawyers are not embracing Plea Bargain for their clients and how to resolve it. On the Panel was the A.G of Lagos, A.G of Ogun, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Unilag, and Professor of Criminal Law, Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa.

The session was moderated by Sola Soyele of Channels TV. He also charged key members of the audience which included the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and Former A.G of Lagos, Mr. Ade Ipaye to ensure they see to the full implementation of key provisions of the NSCA.

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PRAI in Partnership with STANBIC IBTC Donates a vocational workshop at the Borstal Institution, Adigbe, Abeokuta Ogun State

PRAI is glad to have facilitated the donation of a fully furnished vocational workshop at the Borstal Institution, Adigbe, Abeokuta Ogun State. The workshop was donated by Stanbic IBTC Bank. The sections in the edifice includes Tailoring, Carpentry, Barbing and Computer/IT sections. We believe that this should be a place of learning and empowerment with guided reformation. This transformation should help them be well reintegrated into the society.   We hope to make this project sustainable to help the boys currently residing at the Institution and those to come in future. We appreciate STANBIC IBTC for the worthy investment. We also appreciate Nigeria Correctional Services for opening their door and approving the project. Not forgetting the Attorney-General of Ogun State for commissioning the building.
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PRAI DONATE RELIEF SUPPLIES TO BORSTAL INSTITUTION KADUNA

PRAI was at Borstal Institution Kaduna on Saturday 2nd May 2020 to donate some food items and toiletries.  The Principal of the Institution expressed his gratitude orally and through a letter of appreciation on behalf of the Nigeria Correctional Service and the 316 boys in the Centre.

The relief effort was spearheaded by the Kaduna State PRAI coordinator, Mr. Abdul Malik Mohammed for the superb coordination of the exercise.

 

Failed parenting leading kids to correctional homes –Adetola-Kazeem

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]he Director, Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative, Mr Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem, has said failed parenting is the reason majority of the children in borstal homes or correctional centres ended up there.

He said PRAI’s engagements, under its Juvenile Justice Support Programme, had shown that the borstal homes abound in raw talents and brilliant minds waiting to be harnessed.

Adetola-Kazeem said with the right help, the children, considered errant today, would turn around to become responsible citizens, making positive contributions to the society.

He spoke with The PUNCH at the weekend during PRAI’s mentoring visit to the Special Correctional Centre for Boys, Oregun and the Children Correctional Centre for Girls, Idi-Araba, Lagos.

The Saturday visit to borstal homes in Lagos came a week after PRAI visited the Nigeria Correctional Service, Borstal Institution, Adigbe, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The programme featured a motivation speaking session with two Mandela Washington fellows, Onyedikachi Ekwerike and Amaka Ijiko, who shared their grass-to-grass stories with the boys and girls to inspire them. The children themselves made group presentations on topics ranging from sexual abuse to cultism during a speaking competition.

During a panel discussion, the children were enlightened on how to discover their talents and commercialise same.

The children, who also had an indoors games session, were fed by PRAI during the visit.

Speaking on the essence of the initiative, Adetola-Kazeem said, “In the past, PRAI worked with adult inmates in the conventional correctional centres but during a chance visit to a borstal institution I realised that the younger ones actually need us more because many of them are here because of the failings of their parents and the society at large.

“How do we now ensure that they get out of here as better persons and do not return to crimes? The essence is to give them an orientation that ensures a crime-free future.

“From our interactions in the borstal institutions that we have visited, we saw that there are lot of talents that need to be harnessed and what we have seen here today (Saturday) has reconfirmed that fact. The children have a bright future ahead of them but they need people to support them.”

On what parents and society could do better to raise responsible children, Adetola-Kazeem said, “Everybody can’t be rich but everybody can be responsible. We need more responsible parents that understand that children need to be properly guided.

“A parent that leaves home at 4am and returns at 11pm, what kind of children are they expected to raise? Children that are being taught through television and by peers or by parents who engage in vices, what kind of children do you think they will turn out to be? So, it is a failing of perenting and these children identified this fact during a speaking competition we organised for them.

“But irrespective of what their parents have done, how do we ensure that they live responsible lives? What support can we give as members of the society to ensure that they live as responsible members of the society and that is the gap we are trying to fill.”

The Principal, Special Correctional Centre for Boys, Oregun, Mr Salau Wasiu, said the centre was open to collaboration with PRAI and other like-minded institutions as “it will go a long way in shaping the lives of the children.”

Wasiu said, “In this place, we have raw talents that need to be harnessed because most of these children are children of circumstance. Their journey leading here may not be their fault; often it is a result of broken homes. Whether we like it or not, they are part of the future of this country and which is why we must help them.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]