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REFORMING THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY PRISONERS, DESTINIES & COMPASSION: THE NIGERIA PRISONS SERVICE

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The enormity of the responsibilities thrust on Government is enormous. They call for support from the citizenry without which no meaningful successes may be recorded. This is the reason why experts in Governance have always called for periodic reforms that would ensure that aspirations and objectives are carefully monitored for attainments. Governments are in place primarily for security and welfare of the people. But again, there are obligations to be met by both the government and the governed. A recent casual meeting and discussion with one of the top officials of the Nigeria Prisons Service proved very revealing, and is worthy of attention and concern, particularly by the affluent, and humanitarian organizations, and indeed the Nigerian society. THE STATE OF THE PRISONS Some of the facts that would most certainly be of interest to people on the state of the Nigerian Prisons are as follows: There are 244 prisons, comprising 139 main prisons, 85 satellite prisons, 17 Farm Centres and 3 Borstal Stations in Nigeria, under the Nigeria Prisons Service Mr. Ja’Afaru Ahmed as the Controller-General of Prisons There are currently about 73,000 inmates in prisons all over Nigeria 69 percent of the inmates are awaiting trial There are 2,407 condemned criminals in prisons all over the country There is a prisons rehabilitation programme for the future of inmates, some of which could unleash terror if released back into the society without being effectively rehabilitated. Prisons require strong schemes of rehabilitation, reformation, transformation and re-integration of prisoners which is a very expensive arrangement It costs a lot to keep offenders in safe and humane conditions with the provision of healthcare services, feeding, clothing and other welfare services Nigeria Prisons Services is currently supported by some public-spirited organizations, individuals and religious bodies. But the NPS, an agency of government requires huge funds to implement its mandates that outsiders just view casually. SUPPORT FOR NIGERIA PRISONS SERVICE & REFORMS: The best support that could be provided is for the society (government and the governed) to adopt measures and collaborate to prevent social and criminal vices that take people to prisons: The first is for government to play its part well with regard to the provision of those services that would curtail unwholesome developments. Preventive actions are always better than reactive options. Next is effective parental care to nurture children in the way of the Lord, because good leadership comes from good home…

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