Covenant University, Others Sign Pact on Prisoners Empowerment Programme
Covenant University, Prison Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), The Nigerian Prisons Service alongside with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote and execute the “Life Recovery Pre-Release Empowerment Programme”, also known as “The Onesimus Project” for prisoners
The MoU which was made on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the office of the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service in Abuja was a renewal of an agreement entered into in April 2009.
The Onesimus Project as proposed by the Prison Fellowship Nigeria is a crime curtailment and human capital development scheme, administered through mentoring, psychoanalytical guidance and counselling, entrepreneurial and vocational training of prison inmates with six month or less to the end of their sentence.
The scheme also serves to aid prisoners’ re-entry, rehabilitation and re-integration into productive socio-economic life of the society and reduce recidivist tendencies as well as improve security of lives and property.
Under the agreement, Covenant University among other things shall provide behavioural and cognitive change education for participants and graduands of The Onesimus Project, through tutorials, classwork and counselling.
The University will also provide psychoanalytical guidance and counselling for participants and graduands of the programme, through one-on-one counselling, clinical evaluation and guidance.
The Director, Covenant University Counselling Centre, Dr. Adekunle Oyeyemi signed the MoU on behalf of the University, while the Executive Director, Prison Fellowship Nigeria, Barrister Benson Iwuagwu signed for the Fellowship. The Director for Entrepreneurship Promotion and Development, Mrs. J. I. Davids and Deputy Comptroller General in Charge of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. H. S. Labo signed on behalf of SMEDAN and Nigerian Prisons Service respectively.