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President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the two bills giving them the force of law / Photo: NAN

Buhari signs bills to change names of two major Nigerian institutions

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a change of name for the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi in Benue State. The new name for the institution is Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.

The approval follows the president’s decision to sign a bill amending the law that set up the university.

Mr Buhari also approved a separate bill that changes the name of the Nigeria Prisons Service to Nigeria Correctional Service.

Details of the two approvals were contained in a statement released by the presidency.

See full statement below:

Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Senate)

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MATTERS

PRESIDENTIAL ASSENT

His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has assented the within named Acts, as analysed below:

Nigerian Correctional Service Bill, 2019

This Act repeals the Prisons Acts and changes the name from Nigeria Prisons Service to Nigerian Correctional Service, otherwise known as “the Correctional Service.”

There are, according to the Act, two main faculties of the Correctional Service, namely:
(a) Custodial Service
(b) Non-custodial Service

The Custodial Service is to:

(a) custody and take control of persons legally interned in safe, secure and humane conditions.

(b) Conveying remand persons to and from courts in motorized formations;

(c) Identifying the existence and causes of anti-social behaviours of inmates

(d) Conducting risk and needs assessment aimed at developing appropriate correctional treatment methods for reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration;

(e) Implementing reformation and rehabilitation programmes to enhance the reintegration of inmates back into the society

(f) Initiating behaviour modification in inmates through the provision of medical, psychological, spiritual and counselling services for all offenders including violent extremists

(g) Empowering inmates through the deployment of educational and vocational skills training programmes, and facilitating incentives and income generation through Custodial Centres, farms and industries

(h) Administering borstal and related institutions;

(I) Providing support to facilitate the speedy disposal of cases of persons awaiting trial, and It further provides in Section 12 (2) (c):

“that where an inmate sentenced to death has exhausted all legal procedures for appeal and a period of 10 years has elapsed without execution of the sentence, the Chief Judge may commute the sentence of death to life imprisonment. And Section 12 (8) empowers the state Controller of the Service to reject more intakes of inmates where it is apparent that the correctional centre in question is filled to capacity.

THE NIGERIAN NON-CUSTODIAL SERVICE

This non-custodial faculty of the Correctional Service is responsible for the administration of non-custodial measures, namely: Community Service, probation, parole, restorative justice measures and such other measures as a court of competent jurisdiction may order. Restorative Justice measure approved in the Act includes victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, community mediation and other conciliatory measures as may be deemed necessary pre-trial, trial during imprisonment or even post- imprisonment stages.

Federal Universities of Agriculture (Amendment No.2) Act, 2019

This Act amends the Federal Universities of Agriculture Act, Cap. F22, Law of the Federation of Nigeria to change the name of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi in Benue State to Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.

 

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