The Nigerian government has said that it targets to recruit about 6,000 personnel for the Nigerian Prisons Service to close the gap on the current shortage of manpower in the service.
The minister of Interior, Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State in Amawbia, Awka, yesterday .
General Dambazau revealed that the recruitment initiative was part of efforts by the federal government to ensure that the Nigerian Prisons Service met the minimum United Nations’ standard for the rehabilitation of prisoners.
He described the inability of prisoners to appear in court to defend themselves as a major challenge in the administration of justice, adding that the ministry has procured vehicles to convey prisoners to court.
According to Dambazzau, the federal government was already working out modalities to have courts established near prisons so as to save the cost of transporting those being remanded in prisons to courts to enable them answer to the charges against them.