The British government has announced plans to build a 112-bed wing prison in Lagos. This is in line with Prisoner Transfer Agreement which Britain signed with Nigeria in 2014. The purpose of this arrangement is to enable a successful transfer of Nigerian prisoners.
According to Boris Johnson-(Secretary of states for Foreign Affairs and Common Wealth), in an announcement released today in London; Arrangements has been made and workers / tenders placed to conduct the building work at Kirikiri, Apapa, Lagos State.
According to him, the project will be funded from Britain’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, which is said to have an annual budget of more than 1Billion Pounds, with the sole aim of commissioning projects geared towards preventing and curbing conflicts and ensuring stability in different countries.
The new 112-bed wing, is budgeted to cost 700,000 pounds ($973,000) in line with United Nations standards.
With this arrangement, eligible prisoners serving criminal sentences in Nigeria and Britain can be transferred back to their respective countries to complete their prison terms.
Meanwhile, the British government is yet to tell us how many prisoners might be moved or when the project is likely to be completed.
What a relief!
Nigeria prisons are nothing to write home about. They are so crowded and unkempt, hence the spread of diseases. What can one possibly expect of structures that have been in existence for more than 100 years!