The Lagos State Government has said that it will continue to collaborate with Nigeria Prisons Service to decongest prisons in the state.
Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State said this on Friday, March 23, 2018, while receiving participants of the NPS 8th Advance Command Course on a study tour of Lagos.
Represented by Tunji Bello, the Secretary to the State Government, Ambode said that prisons’ capacity in Lagos should be relatively higher in view of the state’s huge population.
He said: “We know the situation of the Nigeria prisons, especially in Lagos, is congestion and lack of amenities.”
At our own level, Lagos State is ready to collaborate with any agency or institutions as far it is for the good and betterment of the people.”
Ambode said that several agencies responsible for law enforcement and administration of justice have been receiving tremendous support from Lagos State Government.
He commended the NPS for choosing Lagos State for their study tour. Earlier, Ja’afaru Ahmed, the Comptroller General of Prisons, commended Lagos State Government for its friendly disposition towards NPS which made possible recent release of 250 inmates across the state.
The CG appealed to the Lagos State Government to assist the prisons academy with service vehicles, instructional materials, and electricity transformer.
Ahmed said: “Our choice of Lagos as a place to visit was borne out of our conviction that Lagos has become the leading light in the comity of states with great leaders behind its success story.”
The CG was represented by Benson Oluwayiopese, the prisons acting assistant comptroller general of prison.
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