The Controller General of Corrections (CGC), Haliru Nababa, has lauded the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) for the interventions they have raked into the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), in software and hardware development.
The Controller-General, who was represented by Deputy Controller General of Corrections in charge of Operations, Joseph Usendiah stated this during a visit by INL to the NCoS National Headquarters, Abuja, on September 7, 2023.
According to the CGC, the INL team’s visit in addition to the much they have done, present INL as a viable agency whose drive is to serve humanity on all fronts, including the promotion of humane and professional treatment of inmates. Hence, he expressed the Service’s commitment towards deeper partnership, with INL.
Earlier in his submission, the Deputy Assistant Secretary Tobin Bradley stated that NCoS is a veritable window of intervention, emphasizing that investing in Corrections is investing in the community.
Mr. Bradley who identified other professional concerns the Service can improve on, like identifying inmates with special attention needs due to mental concerns; inability to learn one skill or the other; as well as other peculiarities; said INL will gladly assist the Service to sort experts for technical support. He also called for higher technology, for surveillance in Custodial Centres, especially those housing high-risk offenders.
In her separate remarks, INL’s Senior Justice Advisor, Michele Washington emphasized the dire need for NCoS to actualize the virtual court regime in order to aid and facilitate speedy dispensation of Justice. She also took time to eulogize the efforts of the current NCoS leadership in initiating sustainable reforms, which she said is worth emulating by other climes.