By Olusegun Obisanya
The Prison Fellowship Nigeria (PFN), Lagos chapter has awarded certificates to the graduates of the Sycamore Tree Project on Friday, December 22, 2023 in the Maximum Correctional facility, Kirikiri, Lagos.
The graduates were 34 inmates from the Maximum and Correctional facility, in Kirikiri. The event was hosted by Prison Fellowship Nigeria’s member church of the Christ Livingspring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM).
Speaking after the programme, the Chairman of the Lagos state chapter of Prison Fellowship Nigeria, Chaplain Michael Adeyemo thanked CLAM for representing Prison Fellowship Nigeria. He also thanked the Nigeria Correctional Service for opening its door and supporting PFN in running the programme.
Advising the graduating students, Adeyemo posited: ‘´As they have done this programme, they should be our ambassadors. The Sycamore Tree Project is a restorative justice programme that helps the society as not all issues should be taken to federal court. We have a restorative justice court in Lagos that we can take aggrieved persons, victims and offenders without resorting to the prisons.
The Sycamore Tree Project is borne out of the lessons in the story of Zacchaeus, who had an encounter with Jesus Christ. It is a victim awareness programme that creates increased awareness of the impact of a crime on the victim, offender and the community at large.
Through its Sycamore Tree Project, Prison Fellowship Nigeria brings victims and offenders (not exact match of actual offender and his/her victim) under the guidance of a trained Prison Fellowship facilitator.
Chaplain Michael Adeyemo also appreciated God ‘’above all for granting us grace and giving us light. We are also reaching out to the community at large and the State to partner with us.”