Deplorable state of correctional facilities worries Reps

The House of Representatives Committee on Reformatory Institutions has expressed concern over the deplorable state of correctional facilities across....

23.2.2020

“Despite the provision of the Act that the custodial service shall provide “safe, secure and humane custody for inmates “, inmates are still held in inhumane environment...'

The House of Representatives Committee on Reformatory Institutions has expressed concern over the deplorable state of correctional facilities across....

The committee vowed to ensure the full implementation of the Correctional Act 2019 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari, so as to ensure that the objectives of Nigerian Correctional Services are actualized. Chairman of the Committee, Anayo Edwin, said in a statement in Abuja that the House Committee will soon embark on a nationwide tour of all correctional facilities in the country to get firsthand information about the facilities to enable the house know how to intervene.

“However, in line with the legislative agenda of the ninth House of Representatives, under the leadership of the speaker, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the house is committed to the full implementation of the Act. This is to ensure the repositioning of the Nigerian Correctional Service, so that the service can perform optimally in the discharge of its roles in the polity. Consequently, the committee has concluded plans to embark on a tour of all the correctional centres nationwide.

“The tour which is in the discharge of the committee’s mandate, to effectively oversight the Nigeria Correctional Services, is to afford members an avenue to get firsthand information on the service. These include firsthand information on the state of the correctional centres, ranging from the infrastructure, the condition of the inmates, as well as the general state of affairs of the Nigeria Correctional Services. It shall also afford stakeholders an opportunity to interact directly with members of the committee on how to get things to work better in the service.



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