Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai has approved the setting up of Junior and Secondary Schools as well as skill acquisition centres for prisoners in the state.
The governor also released a sum N24million for renovation of the Zaria prisons, part of which was destroyed following a revolt by prisoners.
The Kaduna State controller of prisons, Abubakar Garba, said on Monday that work on the renovation of the Zaria prisons had already reached 95 per cent completion.
Speaking while addressing journalists in his office shortly after some prison inmates regained their freedom through Governor el-Rufai’s exercise of prerogative of mercy , Garba said the Ministry of Justice has also approved the setting up of the schools.
He said, “As you are aware, we had an ugly incident in Zaria prisons and the executive governor approved N24million for the renovation of the Zaria prisons. The Zaria prisons project is now 95 per cent completed.
“Equally, the governor in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice had given approvals for the setting up of a secondary school inside the prisons which comprises Junior and Secondary School.
“The governor also gave his mandate that skill acquisition centres be established in the various prison formations across Kaduna State. We will start a pilot scheme very soon with Kaduna prisons.
“We hope that by next year, the pilot scheme will reach other prison formation across Kaduna State”.
On the inmates that got el-Rufai’s pardon, Garba said, “ Governor el-Rufai, after being advised by the advisory committee, decided to ensure the release of 14 prisoners from Kaduna prison; five of the 14 prisoners have been condemned to death.”