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HRF brings TV show for prison inmates

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May.06, 2013


THE Human Rights Foundation, in line with its mission to rehabilitate, educate and provide opportunities for inmates of Nigerian prisons to be productive citizens, recently launched a reality television programme tagged Take it Back.

Throwing light on the TV show and its expected impact on the lives of inmates, Executive Director of the Foundation, Victor Fakunle, explains that Take it Back is basically a means of gaining lost grounds because, according to him, a lot of the times, after going through the rigours of getting the inmates released, they have nowhere to go.

“Take it Back is basically a reformation project, a rehabilitation project that focuses on behavioural change and at the same time brings entertainment to the public. Basically, we will be giving the inmates a platform where they will be showcasing their creativity,” he says.

Set to begin airing in the third quarter of the year, Fakunle says that auditions start in this month of May. “The competition will be within Lagos State. Lagos State is the pilot project and we have five major prisons here and so we will have contestants who will be competing with each other within all these prisons. We believe that a lot of people for the first time will see what goes on inside the prisons,” Fakunle adds.

Lending her voice to the project, the Deputy Comptroller of Prisons Leticia Onwuli, who represented the Lagos State Comptroller of Prisons, said that Take it Back falls in line with their activities. “We are doing our bit so far, but he came with this explanation that he wants to take our inmates to the television. We are looking forward to it. We have been trying in our own little way to reform them. We have been doing this by training them in various vocations,” she said.


Article Credit: The Nation Newspaper

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