In line with his welfare programme, High Chief Chris Ndubuisi (Ikenga Umuawulu) recently visited inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Awka, Anambra State, with variety of gifts.
The gifts included toilet rolls, cartons of noodles, bathroom slippers, detergent, toothpaste, medicated soaps, and cooked rice, among others.
Receiving the gifts from the High Chief Chris Ndubuisi, Welfare Officer of the Correctional Centre, who preferred anonymity appreciated the gesture of High Chief Chris Ndubuisi for his visit to the inmates and for showing them love through the various gifts. He urged him not to relent in his efforts, and to continue with his good works.
“Our objective is to exhibit their vocational skills and promote healthy competition, psychological and physical well being of the inmates. This programme is being organized by the unique development foundation and rotary club of Awka in collaboration with Awka custodial centre” the official stated.
Chris Ndubuisi who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon Patrick Ezegbudo (Agbalanze) explained that the gesture was a way of caring for the inmates.
He noted that it’s imperative to extend caring heart to the inmates which he said would have impacted the efforts of the authority of the correctional centre to reshape the life of the inmates.
The beauty of the event was when the inmates showcased their different handwork, and played football game to entertain their visitors.
In that happy mood, Chief Ndubuisi appealed to other philanthropists in the state to support the Correctional Centre in their various capacity.
In the same vein, the Awka Correctional Centre through the Deputy Controller, DC Harry Okonkwo, presented an Elephant artifeat to High Chief Chris Ndubuisi in recognition of his service to the State.
Ndubuisi, further pledged to reconstruct/rehabilitate dilapidated clinic building in the State.
According to Ndubuisi: “Inmates in the Correctional Centre needed helping hands from the society, noting that government could not alone bear the responsibility of feeding and raising the children to be successful in life”
Also speaking, High Chief Emmanuel Ndubuisi (Akpaka Umuawulu) encourages the inmates and advised them to be of good behaviour and maintain a good Nigerian once they are out.
“It is thoughtful of us for visiting the inmates and putting smiles in their faces” Emmanuel said.
Chief of Staff to High Chief Chris Ndubuisi, Hon. Patrick Ezegbudo had this to say: “We live for one another and to show love to one another. Our existence is for the good of every member of the society.”
“You should not see High Chief Chris Ndubuisi and his team as people who have come to give you food and other items, but we have also come to give you the good news and hope”, he said.
“I am someone who believe in upholding family values and upholding national values. I have come to put smiles on the faces of people at this time of the year”
“This is not the worst place to be on earth, so count it as a blessing from God. You owe God thanksgiving, no matter the situation. This is your temporary place. Beyond your temporary issues, we want to assure you that God can grant you pardon” he added.
He further urged them not to condemn themselves but celebrate where they are. He also expressed optimism that, one day, they would be released from Correctional Centre.
“I wanted to let them know that being here is part of life and they should not allow their situation to weigh them down. They should know that it was not the end of their life but, by God’s grace, sooner or later, they would regain their freedom,
This is a correctional environment and coming out of here, they will become better citizens in the society. This is part of my corporate social responsibility in contributing my quota to the society”, he concluded.