L-R: Deputy Controller of Prisons, Ogun State, Mr. Noel Alewon, Wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, wife of Deputy Chief of State to Governor, Mrs. Rasheedat Salisu and Deputy state Controller, Administration, Mr. Adebisi Adewale during Mrs. Amosun s assessment visit to Ibara Prison in Abeokuta on August 3, 2012.
Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun today (August 3) at Ibara Prison Command in Abeokuta identified with innates and counselled them to always look unto God no matter the situation.
According to her, prisons are meant to ensure the rehabilitation, reformation and reintegration of the innates back into the society, saying “no matter the circumstance we should not lose hope but look unto God.”
She explained that similar visits were replicated by members of the Spouses of Ogun State Government Functionaries Association (SOSGFA) across the prisons and other less privileged homes in the state to establish a relationship with the less privileged and know how they could be assisted.
“Our visit is not a carnival jamboree and it is not going to be a one-off thing, rather it is an opportunity for us to assess the situation on ground across the less privileged places in the state.”
She expressed concerns over the alarming number of innates who are awaiting trial and promised to highlight this fact to the governor in order to bring succour to needy innates.
“We have responsibilities to assist our innates. It is alarming to know that out of 757 innates at Ibara Prison Command, 537 innates are on awaiting trial list,” she said.
In his remarks, the Deputy Controller of Prisons, Ogun State, Mr. Noel Alewon expressed gratitude to the governor’s wife for her good gesture and urged her to continue extending kind gesture to the innates to make prisons a better place.
SOSGFA members also visited Abeokuta Female Prison; New Prison in Oba; Ijebu-Ode Prison; Sagamu Prison; Farm Centre in Ago-Iwoye and Ilaro Prison.
Also, visited by members of SOSGFA were Stella Obasanjo’s Children Home, Ibara; Remand Home in Asero; and Lepers’ Colony in Iberekodo.
Items such as cartons of spaghetti; bags of rice; cartons of juice & soft drinks; noodles; cartons of detergent; and gallons of groundnut oil amongst others were given to all the places visited by Mrs. Amosun and members of SOSGFA.