First female governor in Nigeria, Dame Virgy Etiaba of Anambra state, weekend marked her 73rd birthday with prison inmates at Ekwulobia, Awka, Nnewi as well as inmates of Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled, Old and Tramps (RECDOT) Ozubulu.
The former governor had kick started the birthday celebrations on November 9 with a visit to the Ekwulobia and Awka prisons.
At Ekwulobia, Dame Etiaba was received by the 128 inmates and prison officials with songs and dancing.
In her address to titled “Water in the desert” the former governor encouraged the inmates not to lose heart because they are in prison but rather take their incarceration as opportunity to be reformed.
She urged them to take whatever training and skills they are being thought seriously so that they can be useful for themselves and the entire society when they eventually regain their freedom and as such should be in high spirit.
The former governor also made references to some wealthy and affluent personalities who have passed through the prisons before actualizing their destinies as examples of what God could do to water the desert of the inmates.
She stressed the need for the inmates to be constantly in high spirit and continually pray for divine intervention, pointing out that they are God’s projects and that it is not over for them until they get into their destinies.
Dame Etiaba pointed out that it was not everyone in the prison that is a criminal as some may just simply be victims of circumstances of peer group and other human inconsistencies.
She however warned youths against the dangerous consequence of joining the evil group which can truncate God’s plans and purposes for their lives.
The former governor commended the Assistant Comptroller in charge, Mr Pascal Ibegbunam, and other officials, for the clean environment and for keep the inmates in high spirit.