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Swiss Govt Partners Nigeria Prisons On Rights Of Inmates

Posted: Oct 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tony Ezimakor, Abuja

As part of efforts to shore up the country’s global human right posture, especially as it affects the over 65,000 inmates in Nigerian prison facilities, the government of Switzerland on Tuesday presented comprehensive Training Manuals and Trainers Guide to the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS).

Making the presentation to Controller General of Nigeria Prisons, Peter Ekpendu in Abuja, Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Eric Mayoraz, said that the gesture is in keeping with Swiss foreign policy and product of collaboration initiated in 2011 between the Nigeria and Switzerland aimed at strengthening bilateral relations in the Human Rights field.

The manual he said is aimed at improving the system as well as modernize operations of NPS on human rights issues of inmates.

” Based on an overall training curriculum developed by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, our endeavor was to produce a training manual and a Trainers’ Guide specific to Human rights training components of the curriculum”

With enhanced human resources capacity of the NPS, Mayoraz hoped that treatment meted on prison inmates in the country would comply with international human rights law and UN standards and norms of treatment of prisoners.

The manual is expected to increase capacity of NPS training institutions and staff.

Controller General of NPS, Ekpendu in his response held the gesture of Swiss government and development partners, and promised that the documents would be put to good use.

He stated that documents are coming at right time considering that the condition of prisons is one of the indices that measure compliance to global human rights standards.

He however observed during chat with journalists that conditions of the Nigeria penal institutions is putting pressure on effective service delivery in line with global best practices.

According to him a situation where most of inmates are on awaiting trial list is not helping the NPS.

He added though that with the passage of the new Criminal Justice Act, all arresting agencies, the courts and lawyers would see need to work with NPS toward reducing prison congestion.