RCCG laments children population in remand homes
The National Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Sunday Akande has lamented the population of children in remand homes and correctional centers.
According to Vanguard, the cleric made this call while speaking at its Prison and Hospital Ministry Conference on Sunday, calling on parents to give more attention to the well-being of their children.
Akande, noted that some numbers of children at the age of nine years are already taking to drugs and become hardened criminals, adding remand homes and correctional centers now filled with such children.
Akande, represented by Pastor Akin John, attributed disintegration in the country to the failing family system.
He argued that this is responsible for a large number of children in remand homes and correction centres.
He also reasoned that consistent adjournment and inability to meet bail terms make many people waste their productive years in correctional facilities.
According to him, “There is a need to improve the training and capacity building of judicial personnel including judges, lawyers, and court clerks. This can help to improve the quality of justice and reduce the number of appeals, which can also contribute to delays.
“When I was young, the moment my parents threatened to report me to my teacher, I would become terrified. Teachers are very strategic in the development of a child, but when it gets to a point where parents will go and slap teachers for disciplining their children, then we miss it.
“When you miss the training you are supposed to get at primary and secondary school, you miss everything in life because these are formative stages. Sadly, Remand Homes for Boys and Girls are filled with children, and this calls for a serious look into family values.
“I call on the parents to please give attention to the well-being of their children, as you will see in these Homes, boys and girls that are about nine years old are already hooked on drugs and have become hardened criminals due to parental neglect.
“We also call on the church to intensify prayers and continue to organizse programmes for children. In this area, I know that RCCG is doing great, and we appreciate our Mother-in-Israel, Pastor Folu Adeboye for her passion in this area.”
The Police Area Commander, Agodi, Ibadan in Oyo State, Dr Taiwo Kasumu also emphasized his views and called for an increase in the number of judges and courtrooms across the country to help reduce the backlog of cases.
Kasumu said, “The country also needs to invest in modern technology, such as electronic case management systems and digital court reporting, which can help streamline the legal process and reduce delays.”
Speaking, National Chairman of the RCCG Prison and Hospital Ministry, Pastor Ariyo Popoola, noted the several interventions made by the church in some correctional facilities across the country including helping the needy in paying their hospital bills.