The Min. of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola yesterday during a Budget Defence Meeting with the House of Rep. Committee on Reformatory Institutions held at the National Assembly Complex, appealed for considerable attention to be given to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS).
Aregbesola who gave a vivid analysis of what Corrections entails and how it is driven in other climes, emphasised that Nigeria is just at the entry point as far as the issue is concerned.
He further stressed that the moment an individual’s freedom is taken away from him/her, the responsibility of catering for the basic needs of such an individual becomes the duty of the holding authority and that describes how cost intensive the Corrections regime is The Interior Minister who appreciated members of the Committee for the audience, beckoned on them to use their good offices to ensure that the NCS gets the much desired attention as they consider the year 2020 budget.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, House Committee on Reformatory Institutions, Hon . Lazarus N. Ogbe appreciated the Minister and the Controller-General of Corrections (CGC) Ja’afaru Ahmed for honouring the Committee’s invitation.
He expressed the unalloyed commitment of the Legislature in ensuring that the NCS is taken to its ideal height in line with global best standards.
In his presentation, CGC Ahmed expressed great delight in the new order occasioned by the commitment of the Legislature in passing the NCS Bill 2019 and the subsequent assent by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR which brings the NCS under the oversight of the House Committee on Reformatory Institutions as against that of interior, as it then was
The Corrections’ boss began with the year 2019 budget performance, highlighting significant achievements in the following areas: training of over 11,000 personnel locally and internationally;
acquisition of different grades of Trade Test Certificates by 131 inmates, massive infrastructural upgrade with 318 Capital Projects completed out of 423; procurement of 137 vehicles including, Green Marias, duty vans, staff buses, trucks, water tankers, ambulances, etc
… among others.
Ja’afaru while presenting the NCS year 2020 Budget Proposal to the Committee, added his voice in calling on the Legislature to give premium attention to a Service he described as a “neglected service” until the advent of the present administration.
While assuring the Committee that NCS was poised to efficiently and effectively utilise the huge government investment in the Service, he also stressed that the new NCS Act 2019 has come with a number of significant changes that require additional cost.
Members of the Committee took turns to respond to the presentations by the Minister and the CGC and requested clarifications on certain areas. The meeting was then adjourned to Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 for further deliberations.
Present at the meeting were the Clerk of the Committee, senior officials of the Ministry of Interior and management team of the NCS.
DSC. SS Bulus
Public Relations Unit
NCS, NHQ – Abuja