PRISON FARMS COME ALIVE ---AS AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT/OPERATIONAL VEHICLES ARE INAUGURATED
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau
Prison farms across the country have received a boost as the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, has launched agricultural equipment comprising tractors, ploughsand other farm equipment as part of plans to resuscitate prison farms in the country and scale up food security for prisoners.
While launching the Operational Vehicles and Tractors at the Prisons National Headquarters in Abuja, the Minister said the 22 tractors and the accompanying equipment would “scale up the production capacity of prison farm centres”, as well as ensure “the production of food for prisoners’ consumption and sale to the general public, ultimately reducing the financial burden on the Federal Government”.
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau and Controller General, Nigeria Prisons Service, Ahmed Ja’afaru
He added that the provision of the operational vehicles would step up access to justice for inmatesbyeradicating the logistics challenges faced by the Nigeria Prisons Service in taking inmates to and from courts, which has resulted in over-crowding and ultimately led to restiveness and agitation, describing the launch of the operational vehicles and farm tractors as part of federal government’s resolve to reform prisons in the country.
The Minister said that the myriad of challenges faced by the Prison Services were out of sync with the Change Agenda of the present administration and its efforts to enhance the living conditions of Nigerians across all strata, adding that the federal government’s goal in this instance is to meet the UN Minimum Standards for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders.
Gen. Dambazau said’ “the Federal Government will continue to strengthen the prison system in order to enhance its capacity to provide safe, secure and humane custody; as well as implement credible reformation and rehabilitation programmes in line with global best practices.”
He noted that the present administration had already embarked on infrastructure upgrade of prisons by replacing with modern buildings, those built with mud blocks and relocating those caught up with urban development.
Earlier, the Controller-General of the Nigeria Prison Services, Ahmed Ja’afaru, said the operational vehicles would address the issue of prison unrest, which is mostly caused by the inability to take awaiting trial inmates to court, while the farm implement would boost food production in the sixteen (16) prison farms across the country.
Operational Vehicles and Farm Equipment
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (Rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau inaugurating the Operational Vehicles and Farm Equipment