By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed has appealed to the Federal Government to extend its COVID-19 palliiatives to inmates at Correctional Service Centres across the country to cater for their health needs.
Senator Bala Mohammed made the plea when the House of Representatives Committee on Reformatory Institutions paid him a visit in Bauchi Wednesday.
He said, “At this critical period of coronavirus epidemic, there is every need for the National Assembly to come with a budgetary allocation that would provide isolation centres at correctional centres to enable inmates access the required medical services”.
The Bauchi Chief Executive also stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to tackle congestion in Correctional centres through a robust framework on speedy dispensation of justice.
Bala told the committee, “I cherish this visit and I seize the opportunity to observe that members of the correctional services are facing challenges on how to admit those on waiting trial because of this COVID-19 pandemic”.
“Most of us at the state levels lack the capacity to isolate those on trial or to provide them with required medical care. But we must support our correctional centres to tackle spread of diseases for the betterment of our inmates”.
Governor Bala expressed delight with the committee’s inspection visit of facilities in the correctional services for the welfare of the inmates, and assured of his administration readiness to support them.
The governor also emphasized the need for the upgrade of the healthcare centres in correctional services with the provision of more medical facilities for the well-being of the inmates.
Bala therefore described the committee’s visit as timely, and assured of the Bauchi state government support for the smooth discharge of their assigned responsibilities.
The deputy chairman of the House committee, Hon. Tijjani Zanna Zakariyya has earlier said that the committee is in Bauchi for an oversight function to custodial centres for effective reformation of the inmates.