The critical ruler of Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, His Royal Majesty Obong E.C.D Abia, has gotten in touch with the federal government to transfer the correctional centre positioned in the city government.
He stated the relocation ended up being expedient following the worn out nature coupled with the boost in population of inmates in addition to increase of individuals due to urbanisation.
The king made the call throughout a courtesy see on him by the Controller of Corrections, Julius Ezugwu, at his palace on Wednesday.
In a declaration signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, DSC. Ogbajie and provided to journalists in Uyo on Thursday, the critical ruler stressed that the correctional centre built during the colonial era need to be transferred to a more roomy and conducive location that can accommodate more leisure facilities.
He kept in mind that leisure centers in the correctional centres as seen in other climes would improve overall reformation of the inmates.
According to the statement, “The government should urgently relocate the Eket Correctional Center which was built throughout the colonial era. it is no longer favorable due to urbanization and increase in population. There is a requirement to broaden the existing Custodial Centre to accommodate more leisure facilities and an overall reformation for the prisoners.”
He, nevertheless, applauded the officers and males for their contribution to internal security despite the difficulties challenging the Nigerian Correctional Service, even as he solicited more financing for the NCoS to satisfy the needs of a contemporary penal administration.
In his reaction, the Controller of Corrections thanked the monarch for the warm reception, however notified him that he was newly-posted to the state and it is traditional he acquainted himself with correctional formations in the state.
The officer-in-charge of Eket Custodial Center, Deputy Controller of Corrections, George Kay Njoku also thanked His Royal Majesty for the cordial relationship in between officers and the host community, which has improved the rehabilitation of offenders in custody.