The Muslims Chaplaincy Unit of Gombe Prison, in conjunction with Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Gombe State chapter, has organised Qur’anic recitation competition to celebrate 150 inmates in the prison who completed the memorization of the Holy Quran.
In his address, the state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, commended the Nigerian Prisons Service and the organisers of the event.
Mr Dankwambo, represented by the state commissioner for Justice, Abdulhamid Ibrahim, called on the inmates to use the knowledge acquired as a reformatory drive to become useful members of the society.
In his remarks, the State Controller of Prisons Ahmadu Adamu thanked the organisers and called on the wider society to appreciate the new look of the Nigerian Prisons Service as a reformatory body.
He used the occasion to commend the effort of the Controller General of Prisons Service Ja’afaru Ahmed for the recent distribution of aftercare materials to ex-prisoners who have acquired various skills during their stay in prisons as a mark of actualization of the service mandate towards reformation, rehabilitation and subsequent re-integration of the ex~convicts into the society as useful members.
The controller equally called on the Christian chaplaincy body of the prison to make a similar move in the nearest future.
The celebrants received various prizes donations from well-meaning individuals and Islamic groups. Drama presentations by the inmates on the roles of Nigerian Prisons Service in reformation using religious Education as a tool was also staged.
One of the celebrants in his vote of thanks on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the prisons authorities and the Muslim chaplaincy unit, promising to use the knowledge acquired both in and outside the prison wall.