As part of his unique way of celebrating Sallah festivity through making special visits to Prisons, Children Remand Homes and VVF Centre in the state, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, as part of his prerogative of mercy programme, has facilitated the release of 200 inmates from 10 prisons in the state.
This makes the number of those released under his administration to 2,717, from the time his committee on Prerogative of Mercy started working on his order.
After Eid-Prayer with the Emir of Kano, His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the governor went round a few places, as his usual tradition during Sallah period, amongst the places was Kano Central Prison.
At the Prison after being received warmly by the officials and the inmates, he disclosed that he was at the prison to cause the release of some of them, advised them to be of good character and advise all to be of good character both during and after their jail terms.
Explaining that, "Some of you are released because of old ages, some because of illness and some of you are released after paying the fines put on their shoulders by different courts. After we paid on their behalf, they can now go and rejoice with their families during this Sallah festive period."
He said "After our Prerogative of Mercy Committee went thoroughly through court records of some of you, we found out it could be good and encouraging if we could pay and pardon some of you. This is what we have been doing since our coming as a government."
He reveals that, during this Eid-Kabir Sallah celebration, he facilitated the release of 200 numbers of the inmates, highlighting that, "This is a yearly event. We do it during Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-Kabeer celebrations. All we need is attitudinal change."
In his response the Comptroller of Prison, Kano, Magaji Ahmad Abdullahi, commended the governor for his immense contribution in beautifying and helping all the prisons in the state.
Adding that "We are very happy for His Excellency's gesture in putting some structures in some of our prisons. Sir you are doing excellently well in changing the face of our structures and in taking good care of our inmates."
While acknowledging 5 cattle and bags of rice sent to Central prison for the Sallah celebration for the inmates, the Comptroller said "Since when your Committee on Prerogative of Mercy started discharging its responsibilities 2,517 inmates have so far been released. With another round of 200 inmates today, we are talking of 2,717 inmates in all. We are all thankful for that Sir."
All the released inmates were given the sum of Five Thousand Naira (N5,000) for them to use as transport fares to their various places of living.
He also called on them to apply to the state government so that they could be integrated into some of the skills acquisition programmes of the state government. "Ours is to remodel and readjust your life for better," he stated.
At the VVF Hostel, Kwalli, governor Ganduje promised to put in place a modest skills acquisition centre at the hostel, for helping the victims to be trained and become self-reliant after being recovered and discharged.
The Hostel, according to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Auwalu Umar Sanda, treated 825 female victims of VVF, from January this year to date. Whom he revealed, passed out, treated and acquired some skills as an empowerment strategy.
He commended the state government for the good treatment of the victims, whom he described were doing very well, emphasising that, "The good support we are getting from you Your Excellency is a morale booster and at the same time attracts an organisation called Festula Foundation to come to our aids in some areas."
At the Remand Home, Gorondutse, after celebrating with them governor Ganduje reminded that, "As we are entering another level of free and compulsory primary and post primary education, we will see how we can add another responsibility on this Home where these children would be given free and compulsory primary education."
With that, he stressed, they would not be taking the precious part of their time being remanded without doing anything, adding that "...I will talk to our State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to make this arrangement. So that they too can get educated as they are spending their time here."
He ordered for looking into the cases of those of them whom could be pardoned so that they could join their parents again. "I also urged you children to be of good character during your stay here and after you leave. So that you can be fully integrated into the larger society."
On his way to the Remand Home, governor Ganduje along with his large entourage that consisted of Senator Barau I. Jibrin, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, Head of Service, Dr Kabiru Shehu,
Kano State APC Chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, party elder Nasiru Aliko Koki, member of the House of Representatives, representing Gwale federal constituency, Lawan Kenken, former commissioners and Advisors, alongside other esteemed personalities, visited Dandolo Cemetery, Gorondutse and prayed for the deceased people there.
Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor