No fewer than 150 inmates in the prison have completed the memorization of the Holy Quran and were so acknowledged and rewarded today, Monday, by the leadership of Muslims.
The inmates displayed their knowledge in a Qur’anic recitation competition, organized by the Muslims chaplaincy unit of Gombe prison in conjunction with supreme council of Islamic affairs, Gombe state chapter.
A statement from the Gombe State Prison Service, said that the inmates were given various prizes, donated by individuals and Islamic groups.
The statement said that the inmates expressed gratitude to the prisons authority and the Muslim chaplaincy unit for changing their mind sets for better and promised to use the knowledge acquired both in and outside the prison wall.
The occasion was graced by the Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, who commended the Nigerian Prisons Service and the organizers of the event.
The governor called on the inmates to use the knowledge acquired as a reformatory drive to become useful members of the society.
The State Controller of Prisons, Ahmadu Adamu 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 called on the Christmas chaplaincy body of the prison to make a similar move in the nearest future. [myad]