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Imo plans to relocate correctional centre

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IMO State Government is planning to relocate the headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCos) following an attack on the facility in Owerri earlier this month where more than 1843 inmates were released.

  Former governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, had built an edifice for both the police and correctional service along Port Harcourt Road but the edifices have been overgrown by weeds following the inability of the two establishments to move into the new buildings.

  But the recent attack gave rise to a joint inspection of the new, facilities; the inspection was carried out by a combined team of Imo government officials and officials of the NCoS.

  Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Enlightenment, Prince Eze Ugochukwu, said that the inspection was to give effect to Governor Hope Uzodimma’s resolve to relocate the NCoS from the chokehold of the city centre near Douglas House.

  Ugochukwu said that the delegation took a comprehensive look at the facilities and what could be done to put it in shape.

  He said: “After the joint inspection of the facilities, it was agreed that an appraisal team of a joint technical committee will be formed involving all the stakeholders to carry out a comprehensive evaluation and technical appraisal of what needs to be done to get the place ready for operation.”

  According to him, the government’s delegation was led by the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Lady Dr Love Ineh, and the Commissioner for Special Projects, Kingsley Ononuju, while the NCoS officials were led by a Controller of NCoS, Mr Kingsley Njoku.

  He added that the team will present a comprehensive report to the governor for his immediate action..

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