The Nigerian government has approved the purchase of 320 prison vehicles for the sum of N3.2 billion. The decision was reached at the Federal Executive council meeting held yesterday in Aso-rock.Speaking to newsmen, Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, revealed that the vehicles are to be used to convey inmates to courts in order to speed up trial, adding that awaiting trial inmates constituted 70 per cent of the 65,000 prison population.
In Dambazzau’s words;
“In our efforts to strengthen criminal justice system and also contribute towards decongesting the system, we presented a memo for the procurement of 320 operational vehicles for the prison service at the cost of N3.5 billion.This procurement is from local manufacturers, assemblies and vendors within Nigeria and the effort is to follow through government policy in ensuring that most of the procurement of equipment and such vehicles are done locally. That will also provide opportunity for job creation and things like that.”The government also approved N1 billion for the purchase of three 150 MVA transformers to be installed at power stations in Shiroro (Niger),Oshogbo (Osun) and Kumbotso (Kano).