The Member representing Aba North and Aba South Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Prestige Ossy has expressed disappointment over the state of Federal Prisons in the country.
The lawmaker made his position known when he paid a visit to the Aba prisons following the heavy rain storm that destroyed parts of the cells, leaving about two female inmates injured.
Speaking, Hon. Ossy said “Honestly, I will say that we still have a long way to go. Sometime in 2016, precisely April, I raised a motion on the state of Nigerian Prisons with particular reference to the Aba Prison and I’m surprised that between that time and now despite the promises by the federal Government, nothing much has changed. Instead of things changing for the better, things are getting worse and it calls for a regular visit because if I had not come today I wouldn’t have known the state of things truly at the federal Prisons here in Aba. It’s really unfortunate that this place is the way I saw it now, I’m not impressed at all.
“Glory be to God Almighty that it just happened and two people were wounded. For such magnitude of damage one would have expected that it would have affected over ten to twenty people. So, we just give thanks to God that such building after collapsing just affected only two people.”
In his response, the Comptroller of Prisons, Abia Command, Sanusi Kunle expressed happiness over the visit of Ossy and said it will be in the best interest of the inmates if Government showed more attention to their plights.
“The two major Prisons in Abia State, that is Umuahia and the Aba Prisons are a bit congested and the two Prisons are old and dilapidated and that’s the reason we had this problem of rainstorm destroying part of the building. The prison authority is making all efforts to see that those problems are solved. But we will be very happy if we can have people from outside to give us a helping hand. The Honourable just came to see for himself and probably give assistance in this regard.
“Unfortunately there is no provision to build new prison in Abia State, so the existing ones we keep on working on making the prison safe for the inmates.”
Finally, Hon. Ossy promised to help the prison complete the water project they are handling and also to bring the challenges of the Prisons up again before the Federal Government.
The lawmaker also promised to facilitate the release of inmates who have been abandoned in cells over minor offences through the efforts of the legal aid in his constituency office.
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