Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has recounted his ugly experience at the kirikiri Maximum Prisons, Lagos, from where he emerged as governor in 2007 and called on fellow politicians at all levels not to forget Prison inmates in their welfare packages.
Governor Orji spoke at the Government House, Umuahia, while presenting a Hilux Pickup van to the State Controller of Nigeria Prisons Services (NPS), Mrs. Catharine Ononye. He called on politicians and other men of goodwill that may have passed through incarceration to use their experience to better the lots of Prisoners and the entire country.
According to him, serious politicians should not be scared of the prison yard because notable politicians had passed through that experience, some unjustly like him, “and you have to use the experience to better the lots of the people”.
“Since I became governor in 2007, I have extended my hands of fellowship to the Nigeria Prisons. Now that God has helped us for a second tenure, we have to extend our hands of assistance especially in the area of housing needs of the Prison inmates”, the governor said.
In her remarks, after receiving the key of the vehicle from the Governor, the State Controller of Prisons, Mrs. Catharine Ononye thanked the governor for his continued assistance to the Service.
“This vehicle that the governor has donated to us is remarkable, so remarkable, he has just come out of election problems and the first thing he has done is to donate a van to the Nigeria Prisons, one week after he won the election”, Ononye noted.