Winners Prison Ministry Seeks Covenant Partnership on Training for Inmates, Warders
The Winners Prison Ministry is seeking a collaboration with Covenant University towards the package of training programmes for both the warders and inmates of Nigerian prisons.
Pastor Chinedu Opara revealed the plan on Thursday, March 9, 2017, when he led a three-man delegation of the Winners Prison Ministry to pay a courtesy call on the Management of Covenant University.
According to Pastor Opara, the Ministry has for years observed that the philosophy in Nigerian prisons entails punishing offenders rather than their transformation and rehabilitation. “We want to see how they can be transformed so that they can be useful to themselves and the society after serving time,” he stated.
This, he averred, can be achieved by training the care givers (warders) on the best way to treat the inmates and also, see how the Ministry can inculcate its teachings in the lives of the inmates. Both the care givers and the offenders will be given testimonials that come under the cover of the University, he added.
“What we want to do is to unleash the Mandate we have in the Ministry in addressing the peculiar challenges we observe in the life of the inmates,” said Pastor Opara.
In his comments, the Director, Covenant University Counseling Unit, Dr. Olujide Adekeye, said that the University and Onesimus currently run a project on prisons, adding that his observation was that there were interventions in the situation with inmates but nothing done concerning the warders.
“It behooves our Psychology Department and Counseling Unit to generate topics for teaching of the warders,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, in his remarks, described the Winners Prison Ministry’s initiative as laudable. He said that being an educational institution, Covenant University will be happy to help the Ministry achieve its objectives.
The University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, said Professor Atayero, would be involved in the project, while a curriculum would also be developed for the warders and the inmates to shape their thoughts.
Also on the Winners Prison Ministry’s delegation were Mr. Kayode Oluwole and Mr. Adetunji Ajai.
The Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; Director, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Jonathan Odukoya were the other Covenant representatives at the meeting.