NGO empowers prison inmates with digital skills

By Ibrahim Mustapha, Lagos


A non-profit organization, Foundation for Moral Value Reorientation (FMVR) has graduated about 2,071 prison inmates across the country with digital empowerment skills.

Speaking at the presentation of certificate to the participants after the training exercise in Ikoyi Custodial Centre, the Executive Director of the Foundation, Iretiola Adebayo-Olubi, said that the foundation is committed to offer digital value reorientation training to the society including those in the correctional centres.

“Today in Ikoyi, another 15 inmates have been issued Google certified certificates after undergoing series of digital training skills on website designing, hosting, digital marketing and online trading” she said.

She mentioned that the foundation was poised to give the inmates hopes and also monitor them in other to enhance their productivity and consequently make them better individuals.

According to her, “Foundation for Moral Value Reorientation is a non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit organization that pursues positive transformation in the society through its various activities that promote and encourage individuals to conduct their affairs in line with true moral values.

“Its scope of activities also includes interventions to mitigate factors that work against people living their lives according to such values.”

Besides the digital scale-up opportunity enjoyed by the inmates, they were also exposed to skills acquisition empowerment programmes where trained inmates showcased shoes, beads making, liquid soap making, centre table, wooden cabinets, among others, which are all produced by the inmates.

Award winning Centre

While speaking, the Deputy Controller in charge of Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Mr Tolu Ogunsaki said the Centre is one of the best award winning correctional centre in West Africa, although it has some challenges.

He said “About 65 inmates have registered for WAEC and 15 also were registered with Nigerian Open University’’. He called on families, religious centres and all other key stakeholders to keep up to their responsibilities so that Nigerian society will be descent, free of unnecessary troubles.

He however appealed to other NGOs and individual donors to extend similar gestures to the inmates.

Highlight of the event was the staging of series of drama on Lagos City life and display of talents by the inmates and the presentation of awards of Excellence to the Deputy Controller of Correctional Service, Ikoyi Custodial Centre, Mr Tolu Ogunsaki.


Emmanuel Ukoh