Ikoyi Prison Wears a New Face

.Im­proves In­mates' San­i­tary Con­di­tion

THISDAY - - XTRA - Peter Uzoho

Ikoyi Prison is wit­ness­ing an un­prece­dented turn­around al­most on a daily ba­sis since the de­ploy­ment of the Deputy Con­troller of Prison, DCP Tolu Ogun­sakin, to the prison, on Feb­ru­ary 14, 2018, as its Of­fi­cer-In-Charge.

The gi­ant strides recorded in the prison is driven by strict ad­her­ence to the di­rec­tive from the Con­troller Gen­eral of Pris­ons, CGP Ja’afaru Ahmed, who charged of­fi­cers upon de­ploy­ment, to de­velop plans to en­sure rapid im­prove­ment of their place of as­sign­ment.

Within few months of be­ing in charge, Ogun­sakin has seen to the ren­o­va­tion of the walls of the prison, in­stal­la­tion of Close Cir­cuit Tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­era around the prison, and of­fer­ing of in­ten­sive skills ac­qui­si­tion train­ing to the prison’s in­mates.

Last week­end, a block of seven rooms toi­let fa­cil­ity built in part­ner­ship with the Pris­ons Min­istry, an out­reach arm of the House on the Rock Church, was in­au­gu­rated to im­prove the san­i­tary con­di­tion of the in­mates at the prison.

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the fa­cil­ity, a nov­elty foot­ball match was played in which the Ikoyi Prison FC made up of the in­mates, traded tack­les with the House on the Rock FC, aimed at con­tribut­ing to the phys­i­cal well-be­ing of the in­mates, and giv­ing them a sense of be­long­ing in the so­ci­ety.

Speak­ing at the event, Ogun­sakin said the grace of God cou­pled with great as­sis­tance from the Con­troller Gen­eral of Pris­ons and the La­gos State Con­troller of Prison, were be­hind the suc­cesses recorded at the Ikoyi Prison.

“The is­sue is that when God is giv­ing you the grace, all things come in a mirac­u­lous way. And ku­dos to the Con­troller Gen­eral who man­dated that all hands should be on deck; that as an of­fi­cer-in-charge, you should make sure that things move where you are head­ing. Also the reli­gious bod­ies, in­di­vid­u­als and NGOs are try­ing,” Ogun­sakin said.

“And ku­dos again to the House on the Rock for do­nat­ing this toi­let fa­cil­ity to add to the one we have and to im­prove the con­di­tion of the in­mates here. Apart from this, the church has been con­tribut­ing to the phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual wel­fare of the in­mates in this prison,” he noted.

Ogun­sakin also ad­mon­ished the in­mates to have faith in God, stress­ing that, with that, their free­dom would come one day.

Also speak­ing, Di­rec­tor, Prison Min­istry, House on the Rock Church, Pas­tor Joe Uleatol, said the project showed the de­sire of the church to im­prove the lives of the in­mates, bear­ing in mind the chal­lenges of be­ing be­hind bars.

“So things like this, we be­lieve, will go a long way in re­liev­ing the in­con­ve­niences and all that. We’ve done other few things like tal­ent hunts, where we dis­cover tal­ents in here; we’ve done foot­ball matches where they played with us. And then, we have a med­i­cal team that comes here for ad­min­is­tra­tion of in-house med­i­cals to take care of the in­mates here, and also, our le­gal team that have taken care of sev­eral mi­nor cases suc­cess­fully which has led to the dis­charge of some in­mates,” Uleatol said.

He en­cour­aged the in­mates not to lose hope, as­sur­ing them that God’s plan for them has not changed.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of Prison, Ikoyi Prison, Bless­ing Nsikan; (1st Left); Deputy Con­troller of Prison and Of­fi­cer-in­Charge of Ikoyi Prison, DCP Tolu Ogun­sakin (spot­ted on yel­low dress); and mem­bers of the House on the Rock Church, dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion and han­dover of the toi­let fa­cil­ity to the Ikoyi Prison...re­cently

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