~ Donates drugs, mats, soaps, other items to inmates
The Bishop of Yola Diocese, Most Rev Stephen Dami Mamza has today visited Yolde Pate correctional facility in the spirit of Easter celebrations.
During the visit, the clergy man who doubles as Adamawa State chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) also donated assorted items to the inmates.
The items include 12 cartons of Cameroon washing soap, 100 sleeping mats, 650 bathroom slippers, 100 plastic buckets and assorted drugs for the welfare of the inmates.
In his speech during the visit, Mamza urged the inmates to take their destiny in good faith nothing that some of the inmates may find themselves in the center by accident of destiny.
He also enjoined those who were brought for committing infractions to change for the good as the society hold great promises for them.
Mamza noted that from their appearance, most of the inmates are in their prime age and have great future ahead of them adding that they cannot tap into such greatness without turning around their lives. He also urged them to continue to embrace the teachings of their religion and respect constituted authorities and guidance of their parents.
The Bishop commended authorities of the correctional center over the tremendous improvement he witnessed in terms of living conditions and serenity of the facility.
He however called on the authorities to build worship centers for the two major religions adding that the correctional facility will not optimize it’s benefits to inmates if their religious doctrines are relegated to the background.
Mamza also promised to look into some of the complaints brought forward by the inmates noting that the items he brought to the center were donated from the Catholic church which has made it a culture to avail those items to either correctional facilities or hospitals during such auspicious moments.
In his presentation, the head of Yolde Pate correctional center, Assistant Comptroller of Correction (ACC) Musa Gambaki thanked the Bishop for the kind gesture.
He noted that there is mutual respect between the adherents of the two religions cohabiting in the facility as the center ensures discipline, order and mutual respect amongst inmates.
Gambaki added that the visit of the cleric has brightened up the day for the teeming staff and inmates of the center who were highly elated and happy with the visit.
In their separate remarks, some selected inmates extolled the virtues of Bishop Mamza who they said has been extending olive oil to the inmates for a very long time.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of the gift of a cap to the the Bishop by the inmates.