The Katsina state Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari has assured that he would contact custom command in Katsina to auction vehicles apprehended for renovation and handover to the Katsina state command of prisons for effective performance in carrying out prison reforms in Katsina state.
The Governor was speaking during a courtesy call on him by a study tour team of advanced command course from Prisons Academy, Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun state led by Assistant controller general of prisons, ACG Oluwayiopese Benson at government house council chamber, Katsina.
Alhaji Aminu Masari was speaking during a courtesy call on him by a study tour team of advanced command course from Prisons Academy, Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun state led by Assistant controller general of prisons, ACG Oluwayiopese Benson at government house council chamber, Katsina.
While lamenting the current situation of prisons as being centres of incarceration due to absence of standard facilities and infrastructure in Nigerian prisons, the Governor also emphasized the need for prison to serve as reform centres throughout the country.
He said some of the prisons were inherited from the colonial administration and had been stocked with inmates beyond their capacities.
Alhaji Aminu Masari noted that the prevalence of Niger Delta militants, Area boys in south west, south east, Kauraye in the North west, Boko Haram militia In the north east among others made prisons to be filled with youths who are between 15 to 35 years with most of their cases being awaiting trial.
The Governor asked the participants of the course to utilize every opportunity to emphasize on the need for relevant authorities to change the status quo of the prisons to conform with world best practices.
Alhaji Aminu Masari told the course participants that he would either construct a hostel in the Academy or provide them with a pick up van as requested by the Assistant controller general of prisons.
Earlier, the Assistant controller general of prisons and commandant of the Prisons Academy, Mr Benson Oluwayiopese said the participants are in Katsina as part of their study tour. Mr Benson Oluwayiopese commended the Governor for being the first to visit Katsina prison shortly after he was sworn in in 2015.
He thanked the Governor for being the first chief executive to give amnesty to 35 condemned convicts whose cases did not involve loss of life when the offence was committed. To decongest the prisons, he said governor Masari had made payment of fines to those who are unable but with offences not related to theft.
The Assistant controller general of prisons expressed gratitude to governor Masari for ensuring that all boreholes became functional in Katsina prisons, adding that the Governor had sustained provision of supplement to inmates during fasting and sallah festivities.
Mr Benson Oluwayiopese emphasized the need for the governor Masari to construct a hostel to be dedicated and engraved in his name in the Academy in Ogun state or in the alternative provide a vehicle to the Academy.