Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has directed the State Ministry of Works to take urgent measures to assist the State Command of Nigerian Prisons to complete the Omoku prison and reinforce the Degema prison in the state.
Governor Wike who gave this directive,Thursday while granting audience to the new Controller of Nigerian Prisons, Rivers State Command noted that his administration will continue to assist Federal Government agencies carry out their respective duties because they all serve the state.
He said that the State Government cannot shut her eyes to the difficulties being experienced by Federal agencies, pointing out that as a former Minister he appreciates their challenges.
Governor Wike said: “The Rivers State Government will support the Prisons Command with Vehicles and walkie talkies and other logistics. I have also directed the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works to liaise with you on the Omoku and Degema Prisons”.
He regretted the over – population of the Port Harcourt prison, saying that steps must be taken to address the situation.
The governor assured the Nigerian Prisons, Rivers State Command of the continued support and collaboration of his administration.
Earlier, the new Controller of Prisons, Rivers State Command, John Mrabure decried the congestion of the Port Harcourt prison with a capacity for 804 inmates but now housing 3573 inmates.
He solicited the support of the governor for the completion of the Omoku prison and the reinforcement of Degema prison to help decongest Port Harcourt prison. He also appealed for logistics assistance from the state government.
Commenting on the development strides of Governor Wike, the controller said he is impressed with the Operation Zero Pothole programme and the urban renewal efforts of the governor.