The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has stated that despite not making ground-breaking records, his ministry is presenting to Nigerians concrete achievements under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The minister issued a statement via his twitter account, he wrote: “Today, I presented to the public, a 3000 Capacity Maximum Security Custodial Centre of the Nigerian Correctional Service in Karshi, Abuja.”
He noted that the approval of the centres each in the six geo-political zones of the country is one of the several efforts being put by President Buhari to show his commitment to the welfare of Nigerians.
Aregbesola noted that the Nigerian Correctional Service after being neglected for a longtime had become dilapidated and overstretched.
He said, “It is on record, ladies and gentlemen, that our administration under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, has accorded attention to the Nigerian Correctional Service and indeed other agencies under my ministry, much more than any previous governments in the country.”
He also added that “The interventions are in all fronts – funding, logistics, infrastructure, human resource development and legal framework culminating in the recent enactment of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019. I dare say that more positive reforms and interventions are forthcoming.”
Therefore, projects as such were, “borne out of the need to address the deplorable state of structures in the various custodial centres, most of which were old, over-stretched, dilapidated and overcrowded and largely lacking humane conditions and platform for reformation and rehabilitation of inmates.”
Hence, the construction of this maximum Security Custodial Centre was in continuation of the implementation of the reforms of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
The strategies employed according to the Interior Minister, are also in line with the avowed commitment of President Buhari’s administration to improve the fortunes of the less privileged members of the society, including those behind bars.
He noted that although the 250 facility project is inadequate to cover the over 74,000 inmates who are in custody presently, the inadequate housing for inmates has been the major concern of his administration.