The Comptroller general, Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, has lamented that one year after the historic enactment of the Correctional Service Act 2019, the federal government is yet to release funds for 2020 capital projects.
The NCoS boss, who made the revelation at the first commemoration of the one-year anniversary of signing the Act into law, disclosed that the delay in the release of funds and the COVID -19 pandemic stalled its planned impressive achievements
Ahmed, who reeled out some strides attained by the service within the period under review, identified international and local development partners as the financial muscles enabling the implementation process.
He noted that the Correctional Service Act 2019, follows the repeal of the old Prison Act Cap P29 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and the enactment of the Nigeria Correctional Service Act has changed the penitentiary system from its punitive nature to corrections in line with modern trends and global best Correctional practices.
The NCoS boss, who emphasised that all projects for correction and rehabilitation require funding due to its use of technology and manpower said, they will also need to recruit as well as retrain professionals into the correctional service.
He said, “I am pleased to inform Nigerians that the service has achieved the following in its action plan and strategic implementation of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019.
Inauguration of a strategic implementation committee of the NCoS Act 2019 with the technical support of Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), ROLAC and British Council.”
“With funding from EU, we have developed draft of recommended strategies and activities for effective implementation of the Act 2019. We have changed sign post, uniforms, official vehicles plate numbers and alphabet to align and correspond with the new name.
“We have secured a two-story building for the two new additional directorates established by the Act, Non-Custodial and Training. Other achievements are, the printing of 1,000 copies of the new Act and distributing of same to to staff and relevant stakeholders, submitted of comprehensive supplementary budget to the presidency through the minister to enable the implementation of the new Act among many others.”