Abuja - Francis Enobore, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), on Sunday in Abuja, called for the rehabilitation of ex-offenders into the society.
Enobore said that there was need to reintegrate and rehabilitate those persons who had shown signs of repentance.
"These individuals have shown during their time in custody that they are ready to join the society.
"They have proven that they can be very productive members of society and have excelled in so many skilled and unskilled labour.
"Some have done well in agriculture, tailoring, shoe-making, arts, and so on," he said.
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The PRO noted that the NPS usually organised an annual exhibition to showcase the various products of the inmates.
"It was a usual practice for us to showcase the various products of the inmates in order to let the public know that these persons have become useful to themselves and the society.
"However, for lack of funds, we have not held any one for a while now," he said.
He also urged employers of labour not to relent in hiring the services of ex-offenders, adding that the discrimination they faced was similarly illogical and misconceived.
"It is exceptionally difficult for ex-offenders to obtain employment, and this has nothing to do with their abilities.
"The key to their rehabilitation is getting a job, because that unlocks the door to accommodation, where they may be reunited with their children and slowly but surely rebuild their lives," he said.