The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) has shown intention to invite the private sector to manage Nigerian prisons.
Abba Moro, the Hon Minister for the Interior, disclosed this while receiving a delegation of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa in his office.
The same delegation had visited Bamanga Tukur, the National Chairman ofNigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who indicated the readiness of his Party to embrace the idea of turning the management of correctional facilities into a profit-making venture in Nigeria.
Many pundits have seen the proposed private partnership, especially as been put forward by the two political parties, instead of the Federal Government, as shocking.
Ochereome Nnanna, a columnist with the Vanguard newspaper disagree with the proposed plan between the two parties from Nigeria and South Africa saying “we do not need private prisons in Nigeria of now. What we need is the total restructuring of our correctional justice system through decentralisation”.
“Decentralisation to enable lower tiers of governmental authority operate correctional facilities will immediately solve the crowded prison conditions and give the prison workers breathing space to practise their professions in an atmosphere of enhanced sanity”, he added.