The Nigerian government has approved the purchase of three hundred and twenty vehicles worth three point five billion naira by the Ministry of Interior to enhance the dispensation of justice and also decongest prisons across the county.
Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau told newsmen after Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said government took the decision after considering the poor state of prisons and the delays encountered in delivering justice to inmates on awaiting trial list, who sometimes cannot be conveyed to courts .
“In our effort to strengthen the criminal justice system and also contribute towards decongesting the prison system, we presented a memo for the procurement of 320 operational vehicles for the Prisons Service at the cost of N3.5 billion, which was approved. The vehicles would be purchase form local manufacturers and vendors within Nigeria,” he said.
Danbazau said the Police and the Judiciary will also be strengthened, since they work in collaboration with prison authorities.
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola also informed journalists that FEC approved the purchase of three 150 KVA transformers, one each for Shiroro, Kumbotso and Osogbo transmission Sub-Stations, to expand electricity supply.
“The purpose of doing so is to continue to reinforce, expand and maintain the existing transmission capacity so that as the progress of our incremental power initiative expands and achieve its purpose, the transmission system of the transporters is able to competently deliver power to Nigerians,” Fashola explained.
Also, the Minister of State, Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu said the National Council on Hydrocarbon will be resuscitated, to address challenges in the sector, as well as expedite dialogue with militants in the Niger-Delta.
“The National Council on hydrocarbon is supposed to be an ombudsman Council that meets once a year in an extra ordinary time, to just review policies in the sector. It should be a gathering of people from the business sector, oil sector from the communities where oil is produced, ministries that are directly or indirectly affected by some of the policies that we roll out in the ministry of petroleum and today FEC approved for us to resuscitate that.’’
He further said‘‘As we continue the dialogue to with militants, creating such a forum enables everybody who has an interest one way or the other to converge and help develop a thinking process that will guide policies in the sector,” he explained.
Dr Kachikwu also said the Council approved the hosting of the International flare reduction convergence meeting by Nigeria in November.