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Buhari renames Prisons, Makurdi agric varsity

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renaming of Nigeria Prisons (NPS) into Nigeria Correctional Service.

The president gave the approval yesterday when he has signed the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill into law.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday at State House Abuja, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed  that the Bill which Buhari assented will repeal Nigerian Prisons Service Act.

According to Enang, with the signing of the new Bill into an Act by Buhari, Nigerian Prisons Service will henceforth be called Nigerian Correctional Service, otherwise known as “the Correctional Service.”

He disclosed further that under the new Act, inmates on death row that have spent over 10 years without execution and has exhausted all legal procedures for appeal and another period of 10 years after may have their sentence commuted to life imprisonment.

“Section 12 (2) provides that there are two main faculties of the Correctional Service, namely: Custodial Service and Non-custodial Service. The Custodial Service is to: (a) Take custody and control of persons legally interned in safe, secure and humane conditions,

(b) Conveying remand persons to and from courts in motorised formations, (c) Identifying the existence and causes of anti-social behaviours of inmates, (d) Conducting risk and needs assessment aimed at developing appropriate correctional treatment methods for reformation, rehabilitation, and reintegration,

(e) Implementing reformation and rehabilitation programmes to enhance the reintegration of inmates back into society, (f) Initiating behaviour modification in inmates through the provision of medical, psychological, spiritual and counseling services for all offenders including violent extremists,

(g) Empowering inmates through the deployment of educational and vocational skills training programmes, and facilitating incentives and income generation through custodial centres, farms and industries, (h) Administering borstal and related institutions,” Enang explained.

Similarly, President Buhari yesterday also signed the Federal University of Agriculture (Amendment No.2) Act, 2019.

According to Senator Enang, the new Act amends the Federal University of Agriculture Act, Cap. F22, Law of the Federation of Nigeria to change the name of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi in Benue State to Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.

It will be recalled that Tarka, who died in London in 1980, was a politician and Benue State indigene that different times served as Minister for Transport and that of Communications under General Yakubu Gowon’s military regime.

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