The United States has entered into partnership with Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) to enhance efficiency and service delivery of prisons in the nation.
A statement on Wednesday by the U.S. Embassy said, it was partnering Correctional Information Management Systems of the Nigeria Correctional Service to bring about efficient service delivery across Nigerian prisons (correctional centres).
The statement, TheFact learnt, disclosed that the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office of the U.S. Embassy had donated equipment to support the Correctional Information Management Systems of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS).
The Acting Controller General of Nigeria Correctional Services, John Mmrabure, received the equipment which was presented by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard.
The US Ambassador noted that the equipment donation was the first step in this partnership.
She said: “We are proud to partner with the Nigeria Correctional Service to incorporate information technology into the management practices which will address prolonged pre-trial detention in pursuit of the Nigerian government’s efforts to apply and enforce the rule of law and respect for human rights.
“These are tenets of a strong democracy and I am proud that the United States stands as your partner.”
The equipment donated included satellite broadband VSAT dishes, desktop computers, printers, internet routers, servers, and furniture.
The statement said a U.S. government grant worth $3.9 million dollars would follow to train NCS officials in the use of the CIMS modules.
It noted that better information management would help inmates in pre-trial detention improve access to lawyers, who will now be able to track detainees’ location easily.
The statement also said the programme would work closely with Law Clinics in Nigerian Universities to provide pro-bono service to inmates awaiting trial.
The statement further noted that the support to the NCS, which began in 2017 with a pilot programme at Kuje Prison, had evolved into the Correctional Information Management Systems (CIMS), stressing that with this current donation, CIMS in three locations in Nasarawa State, specifically Keffi New, Keffi Old, and Lafia Custodial Centers, would be equipped.
It said the new equipment would enable the NCS to capture inmates’ biographical data at correctional facilities, thereby facilitating legal assistance and family contacts.