Allow privatisation of Correctional Services, Oyinloye tells Tinubu

The Chief Executive Officer of Hospital and Prison Welfare Initiative (HPWI) Dr. Nathaniel Oyinloye has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to allow the privatisation of the Correctional Services in the country.

Oyinloye who is an Ambassador of peace (UN), spoke with newsmen on Sunday, stressing that the improvement in Nigeria Correctional Services will meet the United Nations standard rules for prison.

He said, “Nigeria, like many nations, faces challenges within its correctional services system. In the pursuit of justice reform and enhanced efficiency, there is growing discourse around the modernization of correctional facilities. This article explores the potential benefits and challenges of introducing private investment to run private prisons in Nigeria, aiming to improve justice delivery, alleviate overcrowding, and foster rehabilitation.”

On the current state of Nigeria’s correctional Services, Oyinloye said NCS system grapples with issues such as overcrowding, inadequate resources, and limited rehabilitation programs, adding that traditional approach to correctional facilities management has proven insufficient in addressing these challenges, necessitating a paradigm shift.

“Private investment introduces efficiency and innovation, drawing from the experience of private entities in managing various facilities. This could lead to improved resource allocation, streamlined operations, and the adoption of modern technologies for better security and monitoring”

“The private sector can contribute to the construction and operation of additional correctional facilities, helping alleviate the strain on the current system. This could lead to better living conditions for inmates and enhance the overall effectiveness of rehabilitation programs.”

“Private investment in correctional services has the potential to stimulate economic growth by creating job opportunities within the management and operation of private prisons. Additionally, the construction phase of new facilities can boost local economies.”

The Philanthropist noted that robust regulatory frameworks and oversight mechanisms must be in place to prevent abuse and ensure that private entities adhere to human rights standards, maintaining that regular audits and inspections should be conducted to maintain transparency and accountability.

He added: “Drawing lessons from countries that have successfully integrated private investment into their correctional services systems can provide valuable insights. Examining case studies from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom sheds light on both positive outcomes and challenges associated with private prisons.

“Beyond private prisons, exploring public-private partnerships for rehabilitation programs can further enhance the correctional system. Collaboration with NGOs and private entities can contribute to skills development, education, and counseling services”

“While the potential benefits are significant, there will likely be opposition and concerns surrounding the privatization of correctional services. Addressing these concerns, communicating the long-term benefits, and actively involving stakeholders in the decision-making process are essential steps.”

Oyinloye who doubles as a member of US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights, however submitted that “modernizing Nigeria’s correctional services through private investment presents a transformative opportunity for justice reform.”

“Careful planning, adherence to human rights standards, and a commitment to rehabilitation can pave the way for a more effective and humane correctional system. As Nigeria contemplates this path, a balanced approach that combines public and private efforts will be crucial for fostering lasting positive change in the country’s justice delivery system.”

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