FEC approves N2.8bn contract to decongest prisons electronically

The sum of N 2 . 8 bn was approved by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday to help speed up the decongestion of crowded prisons in the country by digital connectivity .

The project will establish a digital web- based, integrated system that will monitor all prisons real – time to determine the number of inmates, their movements between courts , those awaiting trial or wrongly imprisoned and the time required to conclude the cases of individual prisoners.

Wednesday’ s FEC meeting was presided over by the Vice -President , Prof. Yemi Osinbajo .

The Attorney – General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice , Mr Abubakar Malami, spoke on the project as the meeting rose .

He said the stakeholders to be connected to the system included his office , the Nigeria Prisons Service and the Nigeria Police .

With the envisaged system in place, the AGF said the analogue method of using visitation committees to determine those inmates to be pardoned would become a thing of the past.

Another N 291 . 73 m was also approved by FEC for the procurement of an aviation security system called Memory Access Retrieval System.

The Minister of Aviation , Hadi Sirika, told State House correspondents that the system would help in accident investigations.

“( It) will enhance our laboratory in accident investigations. It is a requirement of International Civil Aviation Organisation in the standard practices and applicable by local laws , ” he stated .

On the fire incident that occurred at the Sam Mbakwe Airport , Owerri, the minister said investigation into it was ongoing, adding that the report of the findings would be made available to Nigerians .

Two more contracts under the Federal Government ’ s N – Power Build Programme were also approved by FEC on Wednesday.

They are a component of the National Social Investment Programme specifically targeted at 75, 000 fresh graduates in the age bracket 18- 35 years.

“ It aims to build a high crop of highly competent and skilled workforce of technicians , artisans and service professionals , who will be trained and tooled.

“ They will be transitioned annually to take up jobs as electrical installation technicians , plumbing and pipe – fitting installers , masons, carpentry and gentry experts , welders , fabricators , professional painters , building technicians and so on.

“ The focus has so far been zone by zone . Today , the contract for the South – East zone of Nigeria was awarded to Hitech Investment Ltd at the sum of N 122 . 8 m . It covers all the states in the South – East.

“ The one for the North- West zone was awarded to Noble Ventures Limited in the sum of N 145 . 1 m and it covers all the states in the North- West , ” the Minister of Budget and National Planning , Senator Udoma Udo – Udoma , said .

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