Nigerian Govt. to Partner UNODC on Correctional Service Reform

The Federal Government has restated its commitment to collaborate with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, in upgrading the status of Nigeria’s Correctional Service.

The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, made this disclosure when the Country Representative of UNODC in Nigeria, Dr Oliver Stolpe paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

“It is important we implement the inmate audit project as soon as we can. Implementing it is key towards actualising our desire and plan for correctional service,” he said.

The minister further stated that the federal government was poised to transform the nation’s correctional centres to become correctional and reformative in nature rather than being destructive.

“These people are vulnerable because they don’t have freedom of choice. Correctional centres take the freedom of movement but retain your dignity as a citizen and as a human being.

“So, while we want to retain the dignity of people; while we are restricting their access in terms of movement and interactions; we must also make sure that we don’t condemn them.

“Therefore, we must make sure they are reformed from correctional centres to correctional homes.’

He expressed gratitude to UNODC for their interventions, describing them as worthy partners.

Speaking earlier, the UNODC representative said that he was in the ministry to update the minister on the ongoing projects and to get his ideas towards the success of the projects.

DailyPost / Arafat Ayofe

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