Astro Prison Project
The Department of Astronomy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) sought the collaboration of the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization (CAPIO) in implementing a project titled “Ästro-Prison” in Enugu and Nsukka Custodial Centres. The project aimed at improving skills, health and wellbeing of inmates in the Custodial centres. Astro-Prison project structured to raise awareness on astrology, constitutes of two components namely; medical outreach and training on snail and bee farming.
With the unflinching support of the Controller of Corrections Enugu State Command, Astro-Prison project was implemented in Enugu Custodial Centre on 17th and 18th August 2021 and in Nsukka Custodial Centre on Friday 20th August 2021. Medical outreach conducted only in Enugu Custodial Centre had in attendance, two (2) Medical Doctors, five (5) Nurses and three (3) CAPIO staff. The above-mentioned team alongside UNN Astronomy staff attended to and administered treatment to 95 inmates.
The training on sail and bee farming had in attendance 50 inmates who were extensively trained on the rudiments of agricultural activities which they could engage in while awaiting trial or serving time (term). Boxes for snail farming and snails were given to trained participants (inmates) in Enugu and Nsukka Custodial Centres.