Written by Laraba Murey

Ihedioha pledges commitment to correctional system reforms

Governor of Imo state, Emeke Ihedioha, has pledged commitment to the correctional system reforms, especially measures that seek to "correct and not condemn, rehabilitate and not reject, restore and not cast away offenders."

Ihedioha made the commitment after he visited and interacted with inmates at the Nigerian Correctional Service, Owerri, during a facility tour of the premises as part of the opening ceremony of the Save Them Young re-orientation and reformation programme for juvenile offenders.

The programme is a brainchild of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Information and Advocacy, Ms. Adaora Onyechere.

The governor, who said youths are assets that must be nurtured, treasured and harnessed for national development, noted that: "The necessity to salvage our young ones from the dark clutches of perpetual delinquency cannot be over emphasized."

He called on churches and other faith-based organizations as well as non-governmental organizations to lend their hands in the efforts to make convicted offenders, especially the juveniles, better members of society.

In her address, Ms. Onyechere highlighted the cardinal objectives of the Save Them Young programme, which is centred on reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders, as well as the development of appropriate correctional programmes like civic education, skills acquisition, remand homes and other non-custodial facilities to assist young offenders.

She traced the factors that lead the youths into crimes to include lack of opportunities, inequality and exclusion.

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