AWKA – The wife of Anambra State governor, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano has visited some prisons in the state urged the inmates there to change their ways.
Obiano visited Onitsha, Aguata, Amawbia prisons, as well as the Daughters of Charity Orphanage at Fegge in Onitsha.
“I came to celebrate with you because as the wife of the governor I am privileged to be the mother of all in the state; I see you as an important set of the one big family.
“The fact that you are in here does not mean that you cannot come out reformed and better than others and be able to contribute to the service and progress of our state,” she said.
She told the inmates to see themselves as those undergoing reformation and could be rehabilitated into the society.
“In fact, I bet one of you may even turnout to still be governor of Anambra State one day, but for that to happen you have to turn a new leaf and give your life to Christ.
“I can assure you that I always remember you in my prayers and I want you to also pray to God to enable you change and avoid acts that may bring you back into prisons,’’ Obiano said.
She expressed concern over the large number of inmates awaiting trial, and gave the assurance that her observations would be brought to the attention of the governor.
Mr Chris Akabueze, the Assistant Comptroller of Prison in charge Amawbia, told Obiano that most of the inmates could not contain their joy when they heard that she would be visiting them.
“You can’t believe that some have not eaten because they are waiting for your food; we are happy that you came.
“We will use this opportunity to request your assistant to repair our water pumping machine, as well as pay the fees of inmates who are due for junior WAEC exams,’’ he said.
Earlier at Onitsha, the Assistant Controller of Prisons, Mr Felix Ezengwo, expressed gratitude to Obiano for the love shown to the inmates, and urged her not to relent as God would continue to bless her for her good works.
During the visits, Obiano donated items that include cows, bags of rice, noodles, tubers of yam beverages, soap and detergents.