The Obijackson Foundation has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative in collaboration with the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service. The project aims to rehabilitate and empower inmates, focusing on those with minor offenses. Established in 2010, the foundation addresses challenges such as poor literacy, nutrition, and healthcare in Eastern Nigeria, particularly in rural and underserved communities.
Key dignitaries, including the Governor of Akwa Ibom State and service chiefs, participated in the event. The initiative involves training inmates in various skills, obtaining trade test certifications, covering fines, and providing starter packs and cash for them to establish businesses.
This holistic approach not only equips individuals with practical skills but also addresses the root causes of criminal behavior.
The Obijackson Foundation expressed its belief in the power of reintegration into society, aiming to reduce re-offending by investing in the rehabilitation and empowerment of individuals. A mini ICT Lab was established at the National Open University Study Center as part of the initiative, providing digital skills and access to higher education.
During the event, Pamela Egbo, the Executive Director of the Foundation, emphasized the pivotal role of partnerships in creating meaningful societal impact and called on stakeholders to contribute to transformative change. The Governor’s representative and the Akwa Ibom State Command expressed appreciation for the foundation’s efforts, pledging ongoing support for inmate capacity building.
The foundation distributed startup packs and a capital of N150,000 to each released inmate, facilitating their reintegration into society. Interview sessions with guests and empowered inmates provided a platform for personal stories, humanizing the rehabilitation process and highlighting the potential for individuals to contribute meaningfully to society with the right opportunities and support.
Beyond the correctional facility initiative, the Obijackson Foundation is actively involved in various social impact programs, including Health, Education, Enterprise, Nutrition, and Welfare Partners. These initiatives support abused and less privileged children, create jobs, contribute to employment, transform the agricultural landscape, provide nutrition, and offer healthcare services.
Under the leadership of Dr. Ernest Azudialu Obiejesi, the founder and chairman, the foundation’s multifaceted approach contributes to positive change in communities. The impact extends to the Jesuit Academy in Okija, where the foundation sponsors indigene kids for quality basic education.
As the foundation continues its commitment to sustainable change, it remains open to strategic partners sharing a vision for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) objectives at the grassroots level.