The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has thrown his weight behind the ongoing prison reform and decongestion by the Federal Government, noting that the state government is working on a 50-hectare correctional centre to strengthen the justice system in the state.
He made the submission during the courtesy visit by members of the Presidential Committee on Prisons Reform and Decongestion, led by the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello, at the Government House in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday.
The governor said the country’s democracy will not thrive without an effective justice system, adding that his administration is committed to providing needed support to make the entire judicial process more efficient.
He stressed that achievements recorded by his administration were largely due to enforcement of law and order in the state, noting that for law and order process to be complete, the prison system must be looked into.
“As a state, we are committed to reforms of the prison system. We have decided to acquire 50 hectares of land to establish a correctional center. We are committing large expanse of land to enable us see our prisons as more of a correctional center,” the governor added.
According to him, the state government is in talks with Nigeria Prisons Service in Abuja to design a correctional center which will provide space for more vocational and educational facilities that will assist inmates or convicts to be reformed.
On awaiting trial inmates in the state, Obaseki said that his administration is determined to reducing the number of inmates awaiting trial by more than 50 per cent.
He urged the Presidential Committee to develop a sustainable system that will provide solutions to the challenge of overcrowding in prisons across the country.
He said that the state government’s human capacity development initiative, EdoJobs, is ready to partner with the Prisons Service in training inmates to prepare them for reintegration into society.
Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Prisons Reforms and Decongestion, Hon. Justice Bello, said the committee was inaugurated with the task of moving round prisons in the country and recommend ways to decongest them, noting that Edo State is the 14th state members of the Committee have visited.
He said, “Our task is to go around to see what we can do to deplete the numerical strength of persons behind bars and this too includes areas where there are options of fines as imposed by various courts.”
Hon. Bello advocated for skills acquisition facilities to be made available for inmates to acquire skills that will prepare them to face challenges outside the prisons.
Economic Depression Not Enough To Commit Suicide – Analyst
Mr Anjous Yinka, an Economist and Public Affairs Analyst, has said that financial challenges were not enough reasons for anyone...
Court Orders NIS To Pay Ex-Staff N9.7m
The National Industrial Court, Abuja, on Thursday issued a garnishee order on bank accounts of Nigeria Immigration Service, to pay...
Biplane Crashes In Northern Kazakhstan, Killing One
An AN-2 biplane crashed in Northern Kazakhstan on Thursday when spraying chemical fertilizers, leaving one dead and two others injured,...
US-China Talks To Resume Amid Tariff Fight
Top US and Chinese officials will resume trade talks in accordance with the wishes of their leaders, the Chinese commerce...
Saudi Arms Sales: Court Of Appeal Demands Review
Campaigners have won a legal challenge over the UK government’s decision to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is...
Falana’s Treatise On Non-compliance With Court Orders
In this report, KUNLE OLASANMI, using the views enunciated by Femi Falana, SAN, looks at the need for the federal...
‘Lower Courts Are Bound To Follow Supreme Court’s Decisions’
In The Supreme Court of Nigeria Holden on Friday The 14th Day of December 2018 Holden on Friday The...
NEWS19 hours ago
Borno Gov. Appoints SSG, COS, Others
COVER STORIES9 hours ago
Suicide: FG Restricts Sale, Use Of Sniper
EDUCATION9 hours ago
FG To Enroll Federal Varsities On IPPIS Platform
NEWS24 hours ago
FG Saves N273.8bn From Implementation Of IPPIS In MDAs
POLITICS21 hours ago
Anti-Party Activities: Ex-Gov Yari Rejects APC’s Committee Report
POLITICS8 hours ago
Intrigues Behind Omo-Agege’s Emergence As Deputy Senate President
NEWS16 hours ago
FG Flags-off Reconstruction Of N3.6bn Lagos-Badagry Expressway
NEWS20 hours ago
NAFDAC Bans Sniper In Open Markets, Supermarkets