“I am glad to disclose that the Nigerian Prisons Service(NPS) has promoted over 11,000 Personnel to boost staff morale and their productivity. We have also compiled the list of qualified officers for the next promotion exercise which is coming out soon,” he said.
He noted that the Federal Government has included in the next year Budget the plan to recruit 6,000 officers and men to boost the capacity of the service in achieving its statutory mandates. If the Budget is approved, he said, it would further enhance several deliverables both on the part of inmates and the staff in general.
He said the goal of the Nigerian Prisons Service under his leadership is to have a system that provides conditions of imprisonment above the minimum standard prescribed by the United Nations, stating that recent developments attest to this drive.
He revealed that with the active support of the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. AB Dambazau (Rtd), the Federal Government approved an upward review of budget allocation to address the myriads of challenges bedeviling the Service.
According to him, this singular approach coupled with prudent management of resources has changed the face of the Nigerian Prisons Service to the admiration of all and sundry.
He commended the genuine effort of some Command Officers and their Public Relations Officers(PROs) that have given copious press coverage of the progress being made to communicate the Federal government’s practical effort to improve the conditions of prisons in Nigeria.
“It is relevant to state that within 2 years of my stewardship as the Controller-General of Prisons, we have taken active steps to provide operational vehicles in order to improve access to justice for those awaiting trial; significantly improved on the quality of prison cells by renovating old ones and constructing new ones where space allows; embarked on office and barrack renovations; procured large quantity of assorted drugs, the type the Service has not had in a long while, and distributed them to prison formations and also purchased sundry items to make life better for the inmates. The ailing farm centers are also being revived through procurement of machinery to improve inmates’ training and increase productivity”, he said.