Kaduna state to support implementation of new prison laws

Peter Bahago, Abuja


The Kaduna State Government in North West Nigeria says it will support the successful and effective implementation of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act initiated by the Nigerian Government in the state.

The State Solicitor General, Mr. Chris Umar said this at the First National Workshop on the Effective Implementation of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, formerly Nigeria Prison Service organised by the Ministry of Justice in Nigeria.

He said that the enactment of the Act is seen by stakeholders as a welcome development as it seeks to proffer solutions to the issues that made the previous laws unworkable.

’’We have a critical role to play in managing what happens in our various prisons in Kaduna state,’’ he said.

According to him, the new law is a paradigm shift from incarceration to restorative justice, compliance with international human rights, protection of the rights of vulnerable persons and empowering Prison Officials and others.

The Solicitor General also said that he was optimistic that the highly motivated and well trained Personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service will implement the new law in line with the vision of the Nigerian government.

’’I have no doubt that the men and women of the Correctional Service will implement the law,’’ he echoed.