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NGO calls for rehabilitation, empowerment of offenders for safer society


ABUJA – A non-governmental organisation, Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), on Tuesday called for the rehabilitation, reformation and empowerment of offenders for a safer society.
This is contained in a communique issued by PRAWA Board member, Chiso Okafor, after the celebration of the organisation’s 20 years Anniversary in Abuja.
According to the communique, the key to the reformation of criminal justice sector is to focus on the provision of moral, economic and psyco-socio support to the teeming youth.
“NGOs, the media and social welfare agencies should mentor political, religious and community leaders on the fundamental responsibilities of rehabilitation and empowerment.
“The scourge of crime will remain if the society and state agencies continue with the criminal violations of offenders’ human rights in lawful corrective custody.
“All stakeholders must urgently rise up to the challenges of rescuing the decaying infrastructure and capabilities of law enforcement agencies for the collective security of Nigerians,’’ the communique stated.
It pointed out that relevant security agencies must have clear cut duties and responsibilities and evolve a synergy to face the current mounting security challenges.
“There is the need for adequate regular training and re-training of all categories of personnel in this and other criminal justice sectors.
“This is to help actualise the much needed security of all and sundry and ensure a crime free environment,’’ it stated.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PRAWA is an NGO established primarily to promote security, justice and development in Africa. (NAN)

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