- The Senate committee on interior on Wednesday, November 21, paid a visit to the NSCDC and the NPS
- The committee members were led by their chairman, Sneator Andy Uba on a budget oversight mission
- The members interfaced with the institutions on how the 2017/18 budget was utilized as well as the challenges encountered in their day to day operation
Senator Andy Uba on Wednesday, November 21, led members of the Senate committee on interior on an oversight function to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS).
The delegation which also includes Senators Danjuma Leah, Mao Ohuabunwa, Obinna Ogba, Andrew Uchendu, Foster Ogola, Shaibu Lau, Clifford Ordia and Kurfi Umaru interfaced with the institutions on how the 2017/18 budget was utilized as well as the challenges encountered in their day to day operation.
The team first made a stop at the office of the NSCDC where they were received by the Commandant-General (CG), Abdullahi Muhammadu, who briefed the committee on the progress made so far as well as the implementation of the 2017/18 budget.
In his address, the CG noted that poor financial allocation to the corps as well as under-staffing has hampered the implementation of its core mandate.
He used the opportunity to beg members of the committee to come to the rescue of the NSCDC as it relates to funding.
In his response, Senator Uba, representing Anambra south senatorial district, assured the CG and his team that some of the concerns raised will be looked into.
He also commended the NSCDC for the successes achieved so far in the areas of protecting government assets despite financial challenges and poor manpower.
His words: “We are here today as part of our oversight as members of the Senate Committee on Interior to get updates from you and your team with regards the implementation of the 2017/18 budgetary allocation to civil defence as well as other issues and challenges that may be raised.
“I want to encourage you to always ensure that the committee is carried along at all times not only when it comes to budgetary issues.
“We are also pleased by the level of successes made by the civil defence as it relates to the protection of national assets as well as internal security, despite the challenges of poor funding raised.”
Senator Uba then assured the CG that the committee will do everything humanly possible to ensure that the NSCDC challenges are solved.
Thereafter, the committee proceeded to the office of the Controller General of the Nigeria Prisons Service Ja'afaru Ahmed where they were equally briefed by the CG on how the agency implemented the 2017/18 budget as well as issues affecting the prisons in Nigeria.
Responding, Senator Uba emphasized the need for prisons to be decongested as well as the need to site prisons outside city centres in line with global best practices.
He also emphasized the need for prisons to do more in terms of rehabilitating prisoners through useful skills acquisition programs such as tailoring, shoe-making, carpentry, computer engineering among others.
While commending the management of the Nigeria Prisons Service for the successes made so far, Senator Uba assured the CG that his committee will soon lay the report of the prison reform bill.
Meanwhile, a group, Coalition Of Anambra Youth For Buhari (CAYB), has expressed gratitude to Senator Uba for facilitating the release of N37.95 billion out of the N43 billion owed his home state of Anambra for the repair of and rehabilitation of federal roads and other intervention funds on federal government projects in the state by the federal government.
This was made known by CAYB chairman, Martin Chukwu, through a press release sent to Legit.ng recently.
Chukwu noted that the amount will go a long way in improving the living standard and well-being of the state, stressing that it further demonstrates the fact that President Buhari means well for the people of the south-east region.
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