The Medium Security Custodial Centre, Segede in Ondo State has graduated forty inmates recently trained in sundry vocations such as Tailoring ,Welding, Electronics and Electrical, Barbing and Shoe making. Among the graduands are twenty three convicts and 17 pre-trail detainees.
The training was sponsored by DON BOSCO Correctional Skills Training Apostolate, a Non governmental organisation under Catholics Church.
Some of the inmates who benefitted from the training but got discharged or released on bail a week before the graduation ceremony came from their various homes with their family members to attend the programme.
Apart from the certificates issued by the NGO, individual trade test 1 and 11 from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment was also given to each student that participated in the programme.
Speaking at the event, The Controller of Corrections, Ondo state Command, Opeyemi Fatinikun congratulated the inmates on their graduation and admonished them to make good use of what they learnt while in incarceration.
He thanked the Controller General of Corrections,Haliru Nababa mni for supporting the programme noting that the Service is blessed with a leadership that is irrevocably committed to the welfare of inmates.
“Our Controller General has resolved to leverage active inmates engagement in addressing recidivism and add value to the lives of offenders in custody” he further stated.
The officer in charge of the Centre CSC Ogundare Rasheed appreciated Don Bosco Apostolate for the huge resources put together to sponsor the programme.
He called on other well-meaning individuals and organisations to emulate this kind gesture as a way of empowering idle offenders in custody to be productively engaged in order to keep them away from crime.Segede Custodial Centre was established in 2009 It has a population of 173 made up of 134 pre-trial detainees and convicted inmates.