About Us

CENPRIR is a non-profit human rights and non-governmental organization (NGO) incorporated in 2004 June 29th. Whose major objective amongst many others is to fight inhumanity in prisons and poverty in Nigeria. We are currently based in Abuja. Work with 8 staff and over 30 volunteers.

Our Goal

To make 30 million Nigerians become poverty and crime free by the year 2030 through vocational activities that can create descent jobs in and outside the prison.

Vision Statement

Fighting inhumanity in prison and poverty in Nigeria.

Our Mission

To help prisoners live normal live and ensure the deprived do not become prisoners.


Aims & Objectives


To promote and protect rights of inmates with special priority to women, youths and children.

To create means of livelihood through boosting of vocational activities in and outside the prison for Nigerians to become poverty and crime free.

To advocate improved welfare for both inmates and prison officials.

To rehabilitate inmates for easy reintegration into the society.

To help youth acquire and deploy skill.

To collaborate with other human rights organizations for decongestion and better prison conditions.

To carry out research work in prisons from time to time.


To collaborate with other relevant organizations to promote the Sustainable Development Goal SDGs.


Work structure

Pre Prison (Prevention)

We create means of livelihood to help idle and deprived people become economically independent and responsible citizens. By engaging, educating and empowering Nigerians; so they don't take to crime. We also carry out sensitization on Know-Your-Rights, train on skill acquisition, skill deployment, customer relations, goal setting and connect them with successful entrepreneurs so they can also be inspired to learn their desired skill for free. Some of our outstanding projects are POTOW (Pick One Train One Woman) which has helped lots of women gain means of livelihood and become productive members of the society and POTOY (Pick One Train One Youth) this is designed to promote entrepreneurship amongst youths. The aim of the pre prison program is to promote SDG 1, 2, 5 and 8. Children are not left out as POTOC (Pick One Train One Child) proffer solution to out-of-school and deprived children.

In Prison (Protection)

Every country seek a criminal justice system its can be proud of. We go to prisons and rehabilitate inmates, decongest the prison by paying fine for poor minor offenders who could not pay their way to freedom. Help provide legal services to inmates who cannot afford one. Women imprisoned with their voiceless innocent children as top on our list. We advocate better welfare for both inmates and prison officials. We also supply machines and instructors to boost vocational activities in prisons as this is meant to position inmate for easy reintegration and becoming responsible citizens when they regain freedom (promoting SDG 1, 2, 5, 8 & 16).

Post Prison (Promotion)

Every day the prison door opens for an inmate to step into the society. Most of them step into a society they are not prepared for, and encounter a hostile society that is not ready for them. This imbalance makes ex-inmates become vulnerable and the society very unsafe. As a result of these, we provide counseling, reintegration support, reconciliation assistance and restitution guide. We also help them with how to succeed by refining the skill set they must have acquired in prison to enable them become economically empowered and crime averse. Lastly, collaborate with other organization to make this a reality.




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Account Details

Bank: Zenith Bank Plc
Account Name: Centre For Prisons Reforms & Inmates Rights
Account Number: 1014685919

Our Management Team


Isowo Smart G. (BEMC)

Country Director (Member) BSC,BEMC

Isowo Smart. G

Certified project manager, Economist, business developer, counselor, trainer, marketer, social entrepreneur. He has over 15yrs management experience and have since been very resourceful in CENPRIR project design in the past 6yrs. The advocacy for better prison conditions in Nigeria, rehabilitation of inmates, empowerment of women and youths against poverty; and promotion of sustainable development goals remain some of his greatest drive.One of his numerous achievements is the design of customer relations training in Pidgin English(first of its kind) to hone skill set and boost productivity of the uneducated craftsmen/business women in both the prison and the Nigerian society. Smart is also a member of the Nigerian Red Cross society simply for the love for humanitarian services.

Peter U. Oriaran LL.B (Hons) B.LLM.


Barr. Peter U. Oriaran

LL.B(Hon),B.LLM Principal Partner, Prian Consult, A seasoned legal practitioner with more than 20 years of legal practice. He is also a human rights lawyer and a chartered mediator.


National Secretary/Board

National Secretary

An experienced H.R/Training Practitioner. Worked in both Manufacturing and Service Industries of the economy before joining Tom Associates as a Training Coordinator. Mr. Asije is the Programme Coordinator Human Capital Associates. 2016 HCA Training Human Capital Associates

Elsie Oghenekaro

(Member Board)

Elsie Oghenekaro

Elsie Oghenekaro began her working career as a magazine reporter in 1990. She rose to the position of woman and society Editor with the defunct Abuja Newsday, the Federal Capital Territory’s first Newspaper. In 1993, She left active journalism and moved into the International Community as Liaison/ media relations and Field Officer with the International Committee of the Red Cross. After seven years at various levels in the ICRC she took up a position as a Pioneer staff with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), where she was responsible for Administration. She has worked in several other top-rated organizations including UAL Shipping, Victoria Island, Lagos as Administrator and Aspen Energy Ltd, as Business ManagerLekki Lagos. She has also consulted for several companies and organizations. In the year 2000 she set up a full-service Travel and Tourism company which she managed successfully for several years alongside other pursuits.

In 2010, Mrs. Oghenekaro took the bold decision to focus almost exclusively on her first love- writing. She has written several books in different genres, including children, women and fiction. She also does a lot of ghost-writing. She maintains several blogs and consults on Literary issues for several organizations and individuals. Mrs. Oghenekaro is also a Small Business and Start-up expert, Trainer and a writing coach. She runs a not-for-profitorganisation focused on helping ghetto kids develop interest in reading, and she is currently working on setting up ghetto libraries in the slums of the Federal Capital Territory. The Not-for-profit holds monthly reading sessions in one of Abuja's ghettos.

Mrs. Oghenekaro sits on the Board of a few organisations and she is the Chief Executive Officer of Elsiewrite Ltd, a full-service publishing and marketing firm based in Abuja She is passionate about issues affecting the girl child and her role in the society, qualitative education for the less priviledged, and the role of healthy families in building healthy and progressive societies. She frequently speaks on these issues on Radio and Television and she has written several articles on these and related issues. She belongs to several professional and Academic bodies. She is widely travelled and happily married with children. Elsie Oghenekaro enjoys travelling, Cooking, gardening and watching Sports. She also collects travel and exotic mugs. Her other major interest is African history and Literature and is looking forward to a Ph.D in the field soon.

Get in Touch

Contact Information

No 14 Uwukpabi Plaza
Suite 302, Third Floor Right Wing
Ibrahim Waziri Crescent, Gudu District
Abuja, Nigeria
P:+234 9093394843, +234 8024240096
W: 09093394843
E: enquiries@cenprir.org, cenprirhumanrights@gmail.com