Nigerian Prisons made history on Friday 16th February 2018 when Kano State played host to the ground-breaking ceremony of a 3,000 capacity ultra-modern prison in Janguza – a satellite town in Tofa Local Government Area of the State. When completed it will be the largest prison facility in Nigeria.

The Controller-General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, in his welcome address expressed delight at the ground breaking event. He stated that the problems facing the Nigerian Prisons Service were enormous but expressed the hope that they were surmountable as the Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has clearly shown commitment to tackling these challenges head on by increasing budgetary allocation to the Prison Service.

In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt General Abdulrahman Dambazau, PhD, CFR, stated that the same type of prison would be replicated in all the other five geo-political zones. He added that the one for the South-South zone would soon take off in Bori, Rivers State.

The Honourable Minister further informed the audience that the project was approved by the Federal Executive Council following a Memo, he presented to the Council on the situation of Prisons in Nigeria including the conditions of the inmates and the general state of Prisons.  The Minister was confident that the new project, when completed would meet the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules).

Highlight of the occasion was the symbolic ground-breaking performed by the Honourable Minister of Interior, assisted by the representatives of the Executive Governor of Kano State and the Emir of Kano, respectively.

The project will include Maximum and Medium Prison facilities as well as female wings; Courts, Hospitals, Shopping Malls, Administrative blocks for the various classes of prisons therein, skills acquisition centres, classrooms, ICT Centres, Rehabilitation Centres for inmates with drug related problems and a prison commissary.

Some dignitaries present at the occasion include the Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs Hajiya Yardada Bichi who represented the Executive Governor of Kano State and the District Head of Tofa who represented the Emir of Kano. The Controllers-General of Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Fire Service were also on ground to witness the event.    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