President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said prisoners across the country are doomed without getting continuous training to help improve their lives. The President said this at a ceremony in Kurmawa Central Prison, Kano, where 500 inmates were either pardoned or set free upon the payment of fines by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. “If we have people of 18 and 19 years in the prison, and there is no continuous training, then their lives will be completely destroyed. We will invest more in education and vocational training,” he said in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

President Buhari reaffirmed that prison reforms and decongestion would continue to receive prompt attention and be pursued with greater vigour by his administration. He lamented that some of the freed inmates were young and charged prison authorities to make every effort to make better citizens of prisoners.

He also emphasised the need for prisoners to receive proper care, support and rehabilitation to make them better citizens after serving their prisons terms.