The National Association of Seadogs (NAS) Pyrates Confraternity, Atlantic Shores Deck has facilitated release of two inmates in Akwa Ibom
The inmates were serving two years and twelve years respectively in Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), Eket Divisional Centre.
Mr Utibe Ikot, Capone of the association disclosed this while securing the inmates from the correctional centre on Sunday.
Ikot said the initiative was in line with “the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG),16 which is Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.”
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Ikot said the group also paid the fines for the release of the inmates.
He said the intervention would give the inmates a new lease of life and contribute to the decongestion of the already overcrowded correctional facility.
He said the theme of the three-day event was: “Weekend of Service to Humanity”, which resonated with theme of our platinum Jubilee, “70 years of service to humanity”.
“It is another vivid demonstration of the association’s abiding commitment to lend a hand to mankind. It mirrors the Pyrate’s fidelity to the second rudder blade – All before Self, which places people at the centre of our activities for humanistic Ideals,” he said.
The NAS (Pyrates Confraternity) was found in 1952 by Prof. Wole Soyinka and others.
He said the association had contributed to national development through various advocacy and humanitarian projects, striving for “the attainment of a just society”, since 1952.
He added that the association had continued to inspire hope in communities across five continents and the countries where their chapters existed.
“We aim to rededicate ourselves to increase significant achievements by answering in sincerity and action, the founding humanistic question of what can you do to raise that community to the highest level of fulfilment?”
Ikot listed some recent interventions in the year to include; an Awareness Campaign against Vote Trading and Electoral Impunity; and Awareness Raising on Diabetes Mellitus.
He said that a Free Medical Mission was planned for implementation in January 2023.
Also speaking, Mr George Njoku, the Deputy Controller NCS, Eket Divisional Centre, said the facility was built for 106 but had 305 inmates.
Njoku said that he had built a mechanic workshop for the inmates for them to acquire skills.
He said that NCS was partnering the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to acquire skills for the inmates, adding that 15 inmates had received driving licenses in the state.
Njoku called on the association to partner NCS to better the life of the inmates.