FEDERAL government has been called upon to relocate the Bauchi Prison from its present position near the emir’s palace. Senator Salisu Musa Matori made the call at the weekend while answering questions from journalists in Bauchi. He reminded the federal government of the need for the relocation of the Bauchi central prison from its present location. He recalled that the last two administrations in the state requested and made several pleas to the federal government for the relocation of the prison, but it is yet to heed to the request. Matori said the central prison in its present location is not serving the purpose for which it was established, saying basically, prison yards are established to correct erring members of the society so that they can become helpful to themselves and the society, but observed that the present Bauchi central prison is not serving this purpose. “That is why some well- meaning Nigerians and Bauchi stakeholders have for quite sometime now been appealing to relevant federal authorities to ensure that the prison is relocated to where it is most suitable to serve the purpose for which it was established,” he said The Dan-Masanin Bauchi described the Buhari administration as a listening one and expressed optimism that this time around the federal government will heed to the request of Bauchi people to relocate the prison. Alhaji Matori also appealed to the federal government to construct a bye-pass in Bauchi metropolis to reduce heavy traffic jam and forestall foreseeable dangers especially with the heavy petroleum tankers passing though the city to other parts of the North- East. According to him, a city or state capital bye-pass is a trunk ‘A’ road whose construction is supposed to be undertaken by the federal government, hence the need for relevant federal authorities to critically look into the issue with a view to meeting the popular demand. “If you are talking about federal roads of course is the federal ministry of works and housing and if you turn to prison, it is the responsibility of the ministry of interior. So if the federal government does nothing for us in the next four years at least if it does these two things it has done something”, he concluded. It would be recalled that the Bauchi central prison which is a few metres away from the emir’s palace and the central mosque was attacked in 2010 by Boko Haram.
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