Nigeria Prisons Services Bags UNESCO Award
The Nigeria Prisons Service has won the 2018 United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Confucius Award for Literacy and Skills Acquisition for inmates, in Paris, France.
The Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt General (Rtd) Abdulrahman Dambazau, while receiving the Award from the Controller-General of Prisons, Ahmed Ja’afaru, in Abuja, stated that the award was part of the positive results of the Prisons Reforms embarked upon by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration.
Gen. Dambazau reiterated government’s commitment in entrenching the Prisons Reform Policy in the areas of Welfare, Rehabilitation, Reformation and Protection of Rights and Privileges of inmates, adding that the Federal Government has already approved funds to improve environmental condition of inmates according to United Nations Minimum standard through the construction of new prisons and renovation of old ones, while collaboration with some State Governments is on-going for the need to relocate some prisons. Stressing further that the Ministry through the Nigeria Prisons Service (NIS) has in addition, provided drugs and clinics, ambulances as well as operational vehicles to facilitate easy movement of inmates to and fro court for quick dispensation of justice.
He noted that the Federal Government had advertised for recruitment into the Nigerian Prisons Service in order to build capacity of the Service for effective service delivery. Disclosing further that the Nigeria Prisons Service is collaborating with the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary to ensure the release of minor offenders to assist in the decongestion of prisons.
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Report By: PRNigeria.com