The Assistant Controller-General, ACG of Prison, Zone E, Owerri, Mr. Christopher Ntewo, in a special visit said that, the prison service was significant to the fight against insurgency in the country.
Ntewo stated this after inspecting Okaka prison in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, at the weekend, urging the state and federal governments to strengthen the state command for effective service delivery.
He noted that insufficient vehicles for conveying inmates to court and lack of staff accommodation were a challenge to the management of Prison in the state.
Ntewo stressed the importance of staff accommodation and vehicles in the management of prison service.
“We want Bayelsa Government to assist us in whatever way they can because the Prison command also plays vital role in the fight against insecurity.
“I have gone round for inspection and I can say that lack of accommodation and vehicles are the major challenge to staff in Bayelsa Prison Command.
“I must say that, this is the only command in the zone that does not have barrack for staff.
“The Bayelsa Prison Command needs adequate vans (vehicles) to be conveying inmates to the court and there is also need to provide sufficient medical drugs for the inmates,” Ntewo said.
He called on all well-meaning people of the state, including religious leaders to assist as a way of impacting positively on the lives of inmates.
He urged the inmates to be obedient and law abiding.

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