Deputy Comptroller decries poor state of Portharcourt prison

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The Port Harcourt prison which was designed to accommodate about one thousand inmates is currently housing over four thousand inmates.

This is according to a Deputy Comptroller of Nigeria Correctional Service, USMAN IBRAHIM who paid a courtesy visit to the Deputy Governor of Rivers state, IPALIBO HARRY-BANIGO at the Government in Port Harcourt.

IBRAHIM noted that congestion is one of the greatest challenges being faced by the prison service in Rivers state.

He said his visit to the government house was to keep the government abreast with the challenges facing the Port Harcourt Prisons with a view to finding solutions.

On her part, the Deputy Governor appealed to the Federal Government to carry out infrastructural development at the Port Harcourt Prisons.

HARRY-BANIGO expressed concerns that some types of projects being executed in some other states particularly in the prisons were not same with those at the Port Harcourt prisons which she said is one of the oldest in Nigeria.

The Deputy Governor in a statement by the head of her press unit, OWUPELE BENEBO also advocated for the recruitment of more Rivers People into the prisons service noting that although the Nigeria Correctional Service is a Federal Government Agency, the state Government has continued to support the service.

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