By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.
Senator Salisu Musa Matori has reminded the Federal Government about the need for the relocation of Bauchi Central Prison from its present location in the heart of the township to its outskirt.
He recalled that the past two administrations in the state have each requested and made several pleas to the federal government for the relocation of the prison yard but the government is yet to heed to the request.
Matori, who represented Bauchi South Senatorial district between 1999 and 2003 in the Senate, told the press in Bauchi weekend that the central prison in its present location is not serving the purpose for which it was established.
“Basically, prison yards are established to correct erring members of the society so that they can go into the society to be helpful to themselves and the society, the present Bauchi central prison is not serving this purpose”.
He stated, “That is why some well-meaning Nigerians and Bauchi stakeholders have for quite sometimes now been appealing to relevant federal authorities to ensure that the prison is located to where it is most suitable to serve the purpose for which it was established”
Matori, also the Dan-Masanin Bauchi, who described the Buhari administration as a listening one, expressed optimism that this time around the federal government will heed to the request of Bauchi people to relocate the prison.
Alhaji Salisu Matori also appealed to the Federal government to construct a bye-pass for Bauchi metropolis to reduce the heavy traffic jams being loaded on the township to forestall foreseeable dangers especially with the heavy petroleum tankers passing though the city to other parts of the Northeast.
According to him, a City or State capital bye-pass is a trunk ‘A’ road which construction is supposed to be undertaken by the Federal government, hence the need for relevant federal authorities to critically look into the issue with a view to meeting the popular demand.
“If you look at petroleum tankers carrying PSM passing through Bauchi having LPGs each taking about 30 tons, God forbids should that have something goes wrong from ‘Gidan Mai to Kofar Gombe’, the catastrophe is better imagine than express”.
Matori queried, “The Government do exist to serve the people, so are you telling me that people’s lives, properties and their well-beings is of no significance than to the amount of money the federal government can spend to construct that bye-pass”.
“If you are talking about federal roads of course is the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, and if you turn to prison it is the responsibility of Ministry of Interior. So if the federal government can do nothing for us in the next four years at least if it did these two things it has got somewhere”, he concluded.
It would be recalled that the Bauchi Central Prison which is a few metres away from the Emir’s palace and central mosque was in 2010 jail broken the yard by insurgents of Boko Haram and released hundreds of the sect fanatics, who during the encounter held captives notable people in the mosque at prayer.
FG urged to relocate Bauchi Central Prison
By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi.