- Most inmates at various prisons are engaged in economically viable activities like carpentry and joinery and the women do weave
- A prison is regarded as a correctional and rehabilitation center where the talents of the inmates can still be made useful to society
By Ronald Orachwun
Nebbi- The diocesan Administrator for Nebbi catholic diocese has appealed to prison authorities at Koch government prisons to identify talents of inmates which can easily help them transform into better citizens after their prison sentences expire.
The Administrator, Msgr Emmanuel Odaga says several youth inmates have talents that can be nurtured and used for the transformation of the community after their release from prison.
He made the observation during the youth prisons ministry at the rehabilitation facility in Koch Sub County Nebbi district last evening.
“Can you imagine all these inmates are talented. Many of them feel shy but there are footballers, carpenters, farmers, preachers are all in this place. It falls upon you the prison officials to identify these people and help them realise important these talents are to them.”
Gerald Kubomu, the in charge of Koch government prisons, said there are plans to make Koch prisons an exemplary correctional centre where inmates, having served their sentences should be able to integrate well in the communities and be of better use to themselves and the community.
“We have been in talks with our bosses about it for quite some time. As we wait for bigger things to appear, we currently have a number of vocational provisions like; brick laying, enough farm land and indoor games. All things are to ensure that our inmates should better their lives after here,” he said.
Kubomu also appealed to especially religious leaders to always teach the youth among on how to manage their emotions, life skills, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Meanwhile, the National youth coordinator, Joyce Zako, says that the catholic youth ministry was initiated after realising that most inmates in prisons are the youth who need fellow youth to minister to them.
“If you move around, you will find that most of the inmates are youth. Our youth prison ministry envisages that the inmates should be more fruitful when they are finally out of the rehabilitation center,” she said.