BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Most Reverend Dami Mamza, the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, said the welfare, provision of worship places for Christian and Muslim inmates should be the responsibility of the Federal government.
He made the remark at the flag-off of the construction of a 250 capacity chapel at Yolde Pate Correctional Centre in Adamawa State.
Bishop Mamza noted that the exercise was informed by dearth of a prayer facility for Christian inmates adding that such facility ought to have been provided by the government to attend to the spiritual needs of the inmates.
The Bishop stated that this has become necessary where the inmates made a request for the construction of a worship center as they noted that the absence of the facility is making worship difficult for them especially during the rainy season.
Bishop Mamza who is the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Adamawa State chapter urged christians in the State to contribute towards building of the facility as it will greatly enhance the reformation of the character and faith of the inmates.
The Bishop therefore urged well-to-do individuals to contribute to the welfare of the inmates noting as some might have found themselves by accident of circumstances and not necessarily through criminality.
He thanked the prison authorities for their cooperation, support and for attending to the serving the inmates with dedication and diligence.
The Assistant Controller in charge of Yolde Pate Correctional facility, Mr. Musa Usman said the gesture will go a long way in the reforming the inmates.