Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel has advocated the need for Good parenting and proper educational foundation for the people as part of measures to reduce crime rates in the country and decongest correctional service centers across the nation.
Speaking when he declared open a retreat of the presidential committee on correctional service reforms 2020, held at the Ibom hotels and Golf resort, Governor Emmanuel stressed the need for funds to be channeled for educational grants and youth empowerment as this will enhance proper educational foundation rather than for the establishment of more correctional centers.
While assuring that his government will play its role in reshaping the characters of pardoned inmates to ensure proper integration into the society, the Governor further stressed the need for correctional service reforms to put into consideration the environment inmates are kept in as it affects their behavioral pattern.
He however used the occasion to announce that the state government has signed a new contract with icon group to change the face of the Ibom hotels and Golf resort to a private sector driven hotel in order to enable them run a competitive business that will be profit driven.
Government house correspondent Jane Uwa reports that earlier the chairman of the committee and chief judge of FCT, Justice Ishaq Bello had said the aim of the retreat is to ensure the reform of correctional service centers and align it with international practice, adding that there was need for government to adopt the non-custodial correctional template, to ensure that not everyone convicted goes to correctional facilities in order to enhance the decongestion of correctional centers in the nation.
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