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NGO lauds FG’s move to reform prison

By Adelowo Adebumiti
08 September 2019   |   3:05 am
A non-governmental organisation, Anchor Heritage has lauded the Federal Government for signing into law, the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill to reform the prison system.

[file] Man in prison cell

The new bill repealed the Nigerian Prisons Act and proclaimed the treatment of prisons as correctional centres.

President, Anchor Heritage, Bidemi Oladipupo, said the move by the Federal Government to rename the prisons as correctional centres aligned with the vision and plans of the group.

“Our organisation has embarked on empowerment programmes across prisons in the South West and North Central, empowering over 400 inmates as part of our contributions to the prison reform process,” he said.

The group called on the Federal Government to partner with the private sector in the provision of services for the congested Nigerian prisons in line with global best practices.

“We believe that empowered inmates will re-integrate easily into the society to become productive citizens,” Oladipupo said.