More than 122 awaiting trial inmates in Oko Medium Security Prison in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo have received training in general principles of agriculture.
Aminu Suleman, the Public Relations Officer of the Edo Command of the Nigerian Prisons Service, made this known via a statement in Benin on Wednesday.
Suleman said that the inmates, 19 females and 103 males were trained on benefits of farming, fish farming, crop handling and produce marketing, among other agricultural activities.
He said that the training was organised in partnership with Christ Embassy’s Benin Zone 1 Foundation School Programme and an entertainment agency, “Laughter International’’.
He said: “The highpoint of the graduation ceremony, which was held after practical and written examinations, was the cutting of the graduation cake.
“Certificates were also distributed to the122 participating inmates.
“Drama sketch, music, jokes and dance also featured in the ceremony which was anchored by Pastor Chikason of Laughter International.’’
Suleman said that awards were presented to the officer-in-charge of Oko Prison, Godwin Evboruan and the Assistant Comptroller, Welfare Unit, Julius Osemwingie.
He said that Evboruan and Osemwingie were honoured for their efforts, support and contributions to the several training programmes that were organised for the inmates.
He said that the Comptroller of Edo Command of Nigeria Prisons, Amadin Osayande, who was represented by Evboruan, thanked the two organisations for their commitment to supporting efforts of the prisons service to better the lives of the inmates.
He said that Osayande assured the organisations of the resolve of the prisons service to improve its service delivery and the lives of all prison inmates.