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World Cup: Inmates to watch matches in Enugu Prisons- Controller; Decoder dealers make brisk businesses in Enugu

Inmates at the Medium Security Prisons Oji-River Centre in Enugu State will join other sport loving Nigerians to watch the 2018 World Cup following the provision of a viewing facility in the centre.

The Controller, Nigeria Prison Service, Enugu State, Ndubisi Ogbodo, made the disclosure in Oji River on Monday during a facility tour of prisons in the state.

Ogbodo said it was part of recreational activities meant to fast track the reformation of the inmates.

The controller said the inmates would watch the tournament under a controlled environment manned by social welfare staff of the prisons.

“We provide the recreational facilities like televisions to enable them have access to religious and sporting programmes to keep them busy and prevent them from thinking about escape.

“We also conduct sporting competitions for inmates and other social activities as part of reformation,’’ he said.

Ogbodo expressed satisfaction at the state of facilities at the centre and described it as `one of the best in the country’ in terms of facilities and welfare of inmates.

“The environment is even something of joy as there is enough ventilation and the inmates are properly taken care of.
“You can see that the inmates are healthy and this showed that they are being well taken care of.
“The toilets, bathrooms, foams and bunks are all in order and the environment is devoid of any offensive odour.

“There is steady water supply and the drugs available to take care of their health, courtesy of the Controller General, Ahmed Jafaru,’’ he said.

The controller however, noted that one of the major challenges of the centre was lack of mobility, as they had only one vehicle to operate with.

“We have four courts that Oji River centre covers for the prison and their locations are far apart so they find it difficult to meet the demand with one vehicle,’’ he said.

The Controller warned the centre against keeping or accepting people who were below the age of 18 years and juveniles in its custody.
Ogbodo pointed out that it was against the practice adding that the law frowned at such practice.

“Always ascertain the real age of any offender, before accepting the person in the custody,’’ he said.

He commanded the staff of the centre for a job wel ldone and pledged the support of the service in enhancing their welfare.

Meanwhile, decoder subscription centres in Enugu State are experiencing massive patronage few days to the commencement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondents who monitored the centres in Enugu on Monday reports that there are long queues at various centres visited in the state capital.

Mrs Vivian Odenigbo, the Branch Manager of Multichoice Nigeria, owners of DSTV/Gotv in Enugu, said that the company had been witnessing high patronage from subscribers.

Odenigbo said the company offered ongoing promo to make the subscription affordable for average Nigerians.

According to her, Multichoice has offered a “pay one month, get one month free” promo subscription to disconnected customers in the spirit of the FIFA World Cup.

She also added that customers who were still connected could have access to an upgrade from family bouquet of N3,800 to compact bouquet of N6,800 and from a compact plus bouquet of N9,900 to premium bouquet of N14,700.

“Gotv subscribers can also have their subscription upgraded from Gotv plan of N2,900 to Gotv Max of N3,800 if they recharge.

“Moreso, gift items such as water bottles and pens are also given out to loyal customers.

Odenigbo, therefore, advised customers to cash in on the opportunity of the promo to save more money and enjoy the world cup matches.

A DSTV dealer at Transekulu, Mr Petrus Ezuronye, said they had recorded a high percentage from subscribers.

Mrs Gina Omaka of Startimes main branch on Abakaliki Road, Enugu said that it also recorded massive patronage mostly from young boys and men, and high decoder repairs from our technical section.

Omaka also added that the company had a promo package of an instant gift to all subscribers and anyone that subscribed this season would be eligible to participate in the raffle draw which ended on July 30.

Meanwhile, a Gotv subscriber, Mr Gerald Odum said that he embarked on an annual leave of 14 days in order to watch the world cup.

“I came to recharge my subscription to enable me watch all the matches.

“I am happy that the world cup is in three days now as I am on casual leave to enable me watch the game at least two weeks before my resumption date,’’ he said.

Another football fan, Okey Mezue also told NAN that he had his generating set serviced and fuelled in preparation for the tournament.

Mr Kalu Umeh also a football fan and an unemployed graduate told NAN that the tournament would make him to forget his job search.

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