The Chairman of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy Board, Hon. (Sir) Adasi Ubulom has decried the dilapidated state of the four major correctional centres in the state.

He Stated this while defending the Board’s 2021 budgetary estimate before the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation today.

The Chairman further expressed the need to give a facelift to these correctional facilities in Uyo, Ikot Ekpene, Eket, and Ikot Abasi so as to give a reorientation ambience for inmates’ character reformation.

He lamented that the Uyo and Eket correctional centres are overcongested and need to be decongested. It was also on notice how unkempt the environment becomes during rainy season due to roof leakages and other environmental concerns.

Youth are the major population of inmates in these correctional centres which he expressed concern that it logically means the future of the State is in prison.

“Almost 90% of the inmates at the Correctional Centers are youth. These are the leaders of tomorrow, therefore if these percentage of youth are imprisoned, then Nigeria is imprisoned.”

However, the Committee was intimated of the rise in number of Akwa Ibom inmates in Port Harcourt maximum prison which currently is at 250 away from 150 of last year awaiting trial.

He also lamented on the issue of stigmatization which inmates who receive state pardon face as their respective communities refuse to rehabilitate them.

Sir Ubulom said the Board has gone into a collaboration with a law firm to ensure speedy dispensation of justice to the highest judicial court for inmates who are awaiting trial at no cost.

While briefing the Committee, Sir Ubulom said that 2020 approved revised provision for recurrent overhead cost was N11,750,00.00 only, which amount to about N979,166.67 monthly allocation. He noted that his office received the sum of N750,000.00 Naira only on monthly basis.

Declaring the 2021 budget defence exercise opened, the Chairman of Appropriation and Finance, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh emphasised on the need for MDAs to adhere to schedule dates for their defence as the exercise commences so as to facilitate the passage of the 2021 budget. He said delay from any agency will not be tolerated.

He however welcome MDAs to 2021 defence exercise and called on MDAs to stick to their respective allocated time and dates.

“We intend to be very strict with this budget defence inorder to give Akwa Ibom People the best. We therefore urge all MDAs to take this exercise very seriously as we will not tolerate being dragged nor delayed.”

Members of the Committee present during the commencement exercise were; Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh – Chairman (Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo); Rt. Hon. Effiong Bassey – Vice Chairman (Oron/Udung Uko); Deputy Speaker, Princess Felicia Bassey; Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Bassey (Ini); Rt. Hon. Aniefiok Dennis Akpan (Etinan); Rt. Hon. Mark Esset (Nsit Atai); Hon. (Barr.) Victor Ekwere (Mkpat Enin); Hon. (Barr.) Otobong Bob (Nsit Ubium); Hon. Godwin Ekpo (Ibiono Ibom).


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