Anambra State Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo has gifted inmates at Ekwulobia prison the sum of one million naira.
Information from the Government House Press unit indicated that Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo made the cash gift today when he led the First Lady of Anambra State, Nonye Soludo, the Deputy Governor, Onyekachukwu Ibezim, the Speaker Anambra House of Assembly, Uche Victor Okafor, the Deputy Speaker Anambra House of Assembly, Pascal Agbodike, the SSG, Solo Chukwulobelu, the Deputy Chief of Staff/Chief of Protocol, Chinedu Nwoye Glamour and other government officials to visit prisoners and Warders of Ekwulobia Prison.
Governor Soludo told the prison inmates that his plans is to look into the long outstanding unavailability of power supply by providing a giant solar device and television sets where inmates can watch football, news, movies, religious activities and entertainment for leisure and establishment of ICT centre for digital skills.
He gave the prison inmates the sum of one million naira for their general welfare, reminding them the gesture is from his personal pocket.
Soludo also assured the prisoners a new system will be set up and one of the first assignment is to review and complete all lingering trials.
He added that he would visit other prisons because prison upgrade is an agenda that is also part of his plans.
He walked around the prison facility to see its present condition and promised them in the next 2 to 3 weeks, every leaking roofs and damaged infrastructure shall be renovated.
Governor Soludo assured the prisoners that something new will happen after his visit.
He said his Government is APGA Government, and it is a Government for the poor.
He encouraged them that their present situation is only a phase that shall pass away.
The Governor during his speech had a brief chat with two prisoners facing charges for alleged murder who have spent up to 15 and 13 years behind bars respectively.
The Comptroller of Nigerian Correctional Service, Anambra State Command, Patrick Chukwuemeka told the visiting audience that the business of the Nigerian Correctional Service is to transform lives so they can return back to the society as positive resources.
He pleaded with the Governor to provide the enabling environment so prisoners can come out as viable resources to the state.