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NAS called to accommodate correctional centres’ inmates in budget allocations to boost healthcare delivery

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Govnr Bala Muhammad

Bauchi state governor, Alhaji Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad, has said that, there is the need for the National Assembly to come up with a budgetary allocation that will provide isolation centres in correctional centres to enable inmates access the required medical services, especially at this period of coronovirus pandemic.

He stressed that, there is also the need for all hands to be on deck to tackle congestion in correctional centres across the country through a robust administrative framework on speedy dispensation of justice.

The governor was speaking when the House of Representatives Committee on Reformatory Institutions paid him a visit at the Council Chamber, Government House, Bauchi, recently.
 
He also called on the federal government to consider extending its COVID-19 palliatives to Correctional Services across the country to cater for the healthcare needs of inmates.

While appreciating there visit, Governor Bala Muhammad also seized the opportunity to observe that, members of the correctional services are facing challenges on how to admit those on waiting trial because of this COVID-19 pandemic.

As he put it: “Most of us at the state levels lack capacity to isolate those on trial or to provide them with required medical care. But we must support our correctional centres to tackle spread of diseases for the betterment of our inmates.”

On his part, Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Tijjani Zanna Zakariyya, reaffirmed that the committee was there for an oversight function to custodial centers in the state.

He said the committee was mandated to inspect facilities at the correctional centres in the Northeast with a view to assisting in tackling the problem of overstretched facilities bedeviling the nation’s correctional centres for effective reformation of inmates.

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