Our prisons more than 100 years old - Minister speaks on construction of new ones

Our prisons more than 100 years old - Minister speaks on construction of new ones

- Abdulrahman Dambazau said the government was building new prisons across the country

- The minister said this will help focus on rehabilitation of criminals

- Dambazau noted that some prisons in the country were more than 100 years old

The minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau has said the the federal government is investing in building new prisons.

According to Daily Trust, the minister said this during the commissioning of some projects and newly acquired vehicles at the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) headquarters in Abuja.

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Dambazau said the government was not increasing the number of prisons but actually reducing them and making them new as most of the existing prisons in the country were over 100 years old and needed to be replaced.

. “We are building prisons but we are not increasing the number of prisons.

“Most likely, we are reducing it.”

“Most of our prisons are more that a century old. What we are doing is to build new ones that meets the global standard.”

The minister said the new direction of the government was to focus on the persons involved in criminal acts and not the crime itself in order to achieve reform.

“We have shifted focus from the crime to the criminals. We are not seeking vengeance for the fact that the offender is human and can change.”

Dambazau said it was in line with this vision that the government provided the vehicles to enhance the inmates’ access to justice while also taking care of their welfare.

The minister promised that there would be more improvements in the service when President Muhammadu Buhari assents to the Nigerian Prisons and Correctional Service bill.

The NPS controller general, Ja’afaru Ahmed commended the minister and President Buhari for their supports to the service

He noted that the 116 vehicles commissioned at the occasion were gotten in 2018 in addition to the 49 and 217 earlier procured in 2017 and 2016 respectively.

Meanwhile the Coalition for Nigeria Movement showed displeasure at the recent call by members of the House of Representatives on President Buhari to come before it over the security situation in the country.

The group said that the president has tried, and that Buhari and the security agencies should rather be praised for how they have handled the bandits and criminals in Zamfara and Yobe states.

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