The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday restated the commitment of his administration to partner with the Nigerian Prisons Service to address some of the challenges affecting the prisons system across the state.
The Governor who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, during a study visit of delegates from the Nigerian Prisons Service Academy, Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, added that the State Government is willing to collaborate with them so as to meet some of their demands and enable them live up to their expectations in the State.
He said the state Government is aware that the Maximum Prison, Kirikiri and Ikoyi Prison were over congested and their locations no longer suitable but that the State Government cannot relocate them without the consent of the Federal Government.
He stressed that the State Government would have loved to relocate these prisons to places like Badagry, Ikorodu and Epe axis where vacant land exists but that such gestures were rebuffed in the past by those in power at the centre.
He explained that a clear example could be deduced from the reforms that the State Government introduced in the Judiciary which not only improved welfare packages of judicial officers but strengthened them against corruption.
He emphasized that the Government invests in the provision of equipment and other security infrastructure for effective operations of security agencies across the state, adding that the Rapid Respond Squad receive special allowances for working in the state.
The Governor stated that since the inception of Democracy, the Government has continued to develop infrastructure in the State adding that aside from this, the Government places so much value on human capital and ensures everything works for all citizens in a bid to reduce crime in the society.
Earlier in his Speech, the Commandant of Prisons Academy, Ijebu –Igbo and the head of the team Ag. ACG Benson Oluwayiopese stated that Lagos was chosen as a place to visit because the State has become the leading light in the comity of states with a great leader behind its success story.
He added that the achievements that have been recorded by the present Administration resonate across the world.
The Commandant thereafter presented a plaque titled “Exemplary Leadership Award” to the Governor and was received by Tunji Bello.