Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a contract of N2.8 billion for installation of a digital web-based integrated system to aid prisons decongestion in Nigeria.
This was announced Wednesday by Minister of Justice and Attorney-General the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the council. The meeting was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Malami said the contract is to improve the country’s justice system and decongest its prisons.
He said it will also assist stakeholders in the office of Attorney-General, Nigeria Prisons Service, Nigeria Police as well as selected courts, to monitor in real-time, progress of pending cases and movement of suspects between the courts and prisons. It will also allow monitoring of those who have overstayed their prison terms as well as those wrongly imprisoned
Malami said it would allow AGF’s office to daily monitor prison inmates that should be taken to court and when; identify those that have stayed for the long awaiting trial; those whose cases have peculiar twists or other interventions that may be required; among other factors.
According to him, the new system will replace the practice of setting up government committees that usually embark on a tour of prisons to hear individual cases and identify inmates who deserve pardon or prerogative of mercy as part of efforts to decongest the prisons.
”The system would be operated by retrained staff of Nigeria Prisons Service, while there would be systemic checks to substantiate the input or data of suspects put into the system to avoid compromise and other forms of corruption,” Malami said.
The council also approved the contract of N291.73 million for the procurement of Memory Access Retrieval System to enhance aviation safety in the country.
Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said: “safety and security is the main thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari government in aviation.”
He said the new system “will enhance the laboratory in accident investigation, which is a requirement of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)”.
He said investigations were ongoing as regards the fire incident at Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, and that the report would be made public afterwards.
Also, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Udoma Udoma, said FEC approved two contracts for N-Power Build programme of National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), to impart skills on young non-graduates.
He said N-Power Build programme is a non-graduate programme that seeks to deliver accelerated training and certificated skills to 75,000 Nigerians between ages of 18-35 years old.
“The focus has so far been zone by zone. Today, contract for Southeast zone of Nigeria was awarded to Hitech Investment Ltd at the sum of N122.8 million. It covers all the states in the Southeast.”
He said the one for the North-west zone was awarded to Noble Ventures Limited and the amount is N145.1 million.
He said the N145.1 million covers all the states in the Northwest region of the country.
The goal of N-Power programmes includes; to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country, bring about a system that would facilitate transferability of employability, entrepreneurial and technical skills, and bring solutions to ailing public service and Government diversification policy.
Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Mohammed Bello, on his part said council approved N360 million for procurement of water treatment and field materials for FCT Water Board.
He said council also approved N286 million for the purchase of 500 units of firemen suits for FCT Fire Service for emergency management.