By Peter Amine
Mr Kefas Ropshik, Chairman, Kefiano Global Concept, on Monday paid N1 million as fines to assist 43 inmates of Jos Prison to regain their freedom.
Ropshik, a philanthropist, paid the fines and compensation of the convicts who had been wallowing within the overstretched jail facility for his or her incapability to pay.
Speaking on the occasion, Ropshik mentioned that he was moved to offer again to the society by helping the needy.
He mentioned that he had a ardour to assist people who find themselves helpless like widows, the sick and under-privileged within the society.
Ropshik mentioned it was human to offer inmates a second likelihood by serving to them, as they ended up in jail for various causes.
‘‘As a Christian, I’m moved by what the Bible admonished us to do; to help the needy and go to these in jail.
‘‘I want those who are privileged like government appointees to step in and assist because you must not be a millionaire and a billionaire before you can do charity work,’’ he mentioned.
The chairman suggested inmates to not see their incarceration as a punishment, however a approach of correcting their errors.
‘‘The jail is supposed to be a correction centre and never a punishment centre, and I imagine a few of you made corrections inside the interval that you’ve got been right here.
‘‘I imagine you’ll not repeat no matter took you right here, as a result of I’m going to be happier in case you go away right this moment and turn into higher individuals within the society.
‘‘I want to promise here that those inmates who have acquired skills while here, I will give them materials to start up their businesses in the next set that will be freed,’’ he mentioned.
Ropshik mentioned that such help would assist them not to return to crimes and never be a nuisance to the society.
He additionally promised to pay the registration charges for inmates that could be writing Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) as a approach of encouraging them.
Mr Daniel Naanlong, member representing Mikang Constituency within the Plateau House Assembly, thanked Ropshik for the gesture.
Naanlong appealed to the freed inmates to not bask in prison acts that will return them to jail.
‘‘We might be comfortable to see you sometime to remind us that I used to be a type of that was freed by the philanthropist.
‘‘We will be happy to see you doing well in the society,’’ he mentioned.
Mr Noel Ailewon, Controller, Jos Prison, whereas commending Ropshik for his kindness, referred to as on different properly which means Nigerians to emulate him.
Ailewon, who was represented by the Welfare Officer of Jos Prison, Mr Pius Pokyes, mentioned the jail was in dire want of such help as authorities alone couldn’t do it.
He mentioned there have been no fewer than 1,080 inmates within the jail.
‘‘We spend about N15,000 a day for drinking water alone, and as I speak, some of the inmates sleep on bare floor because we don’t have beds for them,’’ he mentioned.