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Reps Charge Govt At All Levels To Embrace Reform Of Correctional Service

Reps Charge Govt At All Levels To Embrace Reform Of Correctional Service

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal and State Governments to provide comprehensive reforms of the country's correctional system, including modernizing custodial centers, building new facilities, and redesigning the bail system.

This followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Chinedu Ogah on the urgent call to decongest Nigerian Correctional Services.
The Nigerian Correctional Service, a federal entity under the Ministry of Interior, is a part of the Criminal Justice System under Exclusive list.

The Nigerian prisons, outline, were mandated to reform, rehabilitate, and ensure effective reintegration of offenders into society in line with universally accepted standards.

Presenting the motion, the lawmaker worried that Over 70,000 inmates in the country face inadequate facilities despite government efforts, and some have not been charged with criminal cases, while some are unable to pay the fines imposed by the courts despite having their cases determined.
He is disturbed that the Nigerian criminal justice system is plagued by flaws, with cases often lingering without resolution for years, thus overcrowding the correctional centers in various geopolitical zones.

In another development, the House of Representatives urged the Federal Ministry of Health to develop prescription policy that must be enforced to curb indiscriminate sale of drugs and lack of adherence to prescription policy in Nigeria.
In a motion sponsored by Hon. Adamu Ibrahim Gamawa the House noted the lack of a prescription policy on drug and indiscriminate drug sales by druggists, pharmacists, patent medicine dealers, and street vendors, staffed by unqualified personnel which ultimately leads to antibiotic resistance and drug abuse.

The motion also noted that according to the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria, there is a frightening surge in the issue of drug abuse and misuse in Nigeria with drugs use prevalence statistics at 14,4% of productive age in Nigeria (15–65 years of age), which almost three times the global Drug use Prevalence (5.5%).

The motion also urged the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria as matter of urgency to close all illegal outlets of
pharmaceutical products including open drug markets and ensure that only prescribed drugs are administered to patients by qualified health practitioners and sanction erring pharmaceutical outlets.

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