FG PARTNERS UK ON UPGRADE OF FACILITIES IN NIGERIAN PRISONS
Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), CFR, PhD; Controller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu; some members of the Criminal Justice Team
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) has pledged the optimal utilization of the structures and facilities put in place by the Criminal Justice Team of the British High Commission in Nigeria, as part of efforts to reform the Nigerian Prison Service.
The Minister stated this when he inspected the on-going projects in Kuje Medium Prison to assess the level of completion of facilities embarked upon by the Criminal Justice Team.
The projects include observatory towers to heighten security in and around the prison; electronic capture room where the necessary details of inmates are captured, and video linkage equipment for interaction between inmates and a Judge of the Federal High Court to facilitate prisoners’ hearings in court, with its attendant advantage of real-time communication.
The rest are: new meeting room area which allows for a congenial atmosphere where visitors meet with inmates, and solar power back-up system to provide electricity.
General Dambazau applauded the team for the initiative and for following through with the execution of the project, which is expected to enhance the operation of the Nigerian Prison System, and contribute to the reform efforts of Government.
He stressed that the partnership between the UK Government and Nigeria has age-long historical ties and emphasized that the projects put in place in Kuje Prison would also be replicated in Kirikiri Prisons and other prisons across the country.
The leader of the Criminal Justice Team, Jonathan Ratel, thanked the Minister of Interior and the Federal Government for the opportunity given to them to offer assistance to the Nigerian Prison Service, as part of the reforms being undertaken by Government.
Mr Ratel said that beside the installation of the facilities, the capacity of staff of the Nigerian Prison Service has been built to fully utilize the equipment.
Earlier, in a welcome remark, the Controller General of the Nigerian Prison Service, Dr Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government and the British High Commission for the partnership.
Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), CFR, PhD; Controller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu in the Electronic Capture Room
One of the Observatory Towers in Kuje Medium Prison