U.S. Embassy Partners with Correctional Information Management Systems of the Nigeria Correctional Service

 

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office of the United State Embassy has donated equipment to support the Correctional Information Management Systems of the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS).

The Acting Comptroller General of Nigeria Correctional Services, John Mmrabure, received the equipment presented by Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard.

He noted that the equipment donation was the first step in this partnership.

Ambassador Leonard further states that, “We are proud to partner with the Nigeria Correctional Service to incorporate information technology into the management practices which would address prolonged pre-trial detention in pursuit of the Nigerian government’s efforts to apply and enforce the rule of law and respect for human rights.

These are tenets of a strong democracy and I am proud that the United States stands as your partner.”

The equipment donated includes satellite broadband VSAT dishes, desktop computers, printers, internet routers, servers, and furniture.

It was learnt that a U.S. government grant worth $3.9 million dollars will follow to train NCS officials in the use of the CIMS modules. Better information management will provide inmates in pre-trial detention improved access to lawyers, who will now be able to track detainees’ location easily.

The programme would work closely with Law Clinics in Nigerian Universities to provide pro-bono service to inmates awaiting trial.

It would be understood that the support to the NCS, which began in 2017 with a pilot program at Kuje Prison, has evolved into the Correctional Information Management Systems (CIMS).

This donation will equip CIMS in three locations in Nasarawa State, specifically Keffi New, Keffi Old, and Lafia Custodial Centers.

The new equipment would enable the NCS to capture inmates’ biographical data at correctional facilities, thereby facilitating legal
assistance and family contact.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba