The Nigerian Correctional Service has received a security sector grant of N500 million.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Assistant Superintendent of Corrections, Franca Awa, on Friday.
The grant was presented by the Abdulsamad Rabiu initiative for Africa, an initiative of the Chairman of Bua group of Companies, Abdulsalam Rabiu, as part of her social development programme.
While presenting the cheque to the Controller General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, at the National Headquarters Abuja, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Initiative, Dr Ubong Udo, said the organisation is set up as a vehicle to drive the Chairman’s mission for Nigerian and Africa and to create a platform where Nigerians and Africans can take responsibility to solve their own developmental problems by looking inwards.
The initiative has three thematic areas which include Health, Education and Social development. NCoS through her rehabilitation and reformation programmes fall under the third thematic area hence the grant.
In his response, Nababa applauded the initiative and promised to make judicious use of the grant as an intervention to improve the security of custodial centres by adding, another layer of technological surveillance that will enhance the remote monitoring frameworks.
The CGC also said that the grant will provide the service with equipment in ensuring that the security solutions cover a wider range of Custodial Centers and will reduce the chances of further attacks.
While in capacity building more personnel will enjoy quality training on how to effectively utilise the IT solutions in driving the service forward this will improve the morale of staff.
Nababa further stressed that the Image management of the Service is not left out as he promised to bring to the limelight the efforts of the CGC through hi-tech equipment.
The CGC promised to expand the Service by employing more technology to make the Service at par with international correctional centres in developed countries.