Minister of Sports sues for greater utilization of sports for social cohesion and reform

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*Says sports has power to rehabilitate, rejuvenate and reintegrate individuals at correctional facilities into society

The Hon. Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Enoh has commended the two-day workshop on sports-based intervention in prison settings, organised by the United Nations tagged “Drug and Crime for Nigerian Correctional Service inmates and the public.”

Represented by one of the Deputy Directors at the Ministry, Mr. Bamiduro Olumide, the Minister said that without doubt, the workshop provided an avenue for deliberations on ways to strengthen and enhance the delivery capacity of the Nigerian Correctional Service and the population it serves.

Speaking as a Special Guest of Honour at the event, he re-emphasized the need to use sports as a tool for behaviour change, rehabilitation, and reintegration of individuals associated with crime, in order to assist them lead better lives.

Senator Enoh reiterated that sports is one of the major tools for social engagement, especially amongst youths – irrespective of sex, religion and tribe.

“I am particularly delighted to associate with this event,” Senator Enoh said. “It has the capacity to give a platform to potential sports persons. Moreso, sports is a major tool for peace and conflict resolution.”

According to him, sports-based programmes and activities are now modern and effective empowerment tool globally. It has the power to unite and foster togetherness, and progress amongst youths. While commending the German Government for partnering with the United Nations to organize the programme, Senator Enoh assured them of the Federal Government’s interest in welcoming ideas and innovations that will further enhance both nations’ bilateral relationship. 

Former Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission, Mallam Yakmut Al-Hassan was present at the workshop as a paper presenter and a consultant. 

Some of the important papers delivered by presenters include: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (UNODC office, Vienna) and Prison and Penal Reforms (UNODC office, Nigeria).

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