The Paramount Ruler of Eket local government area, Obong Etim Charles Daniel Abia, has asked the government to relocate EketCorrectional Centre.
The monarch said this during a courtesy visit by the State Controller of Corrections, Julius Ezugwu, at his palace on Wednesday, last week.
He said Eket Custodial Centre, which was built during the colonial era, was no longer conducive due to urbanization and population explosion.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), DSC OgbajieOgbajie, the monarch maintained that there wasa need to expand the existing custodial centre to accommodate more recreational facilities and a total reformation for the inmates.
He added, “I am aware of your sacrifices and contribution to internal security despite the challenges confronting the Nigerian Correctional Service.”
Abia further solicited more funding for the NCoS to meet the demands of a modern penal administration.
Ezugwu thanked his host for the warm reception and informed him that he was newly posted to Akwa Ibom State and he was customarily familiarising himself with correctional formations in the state.
The officer-in-charge of Eket Custodial Centre, Deputy Controller of Corrections George Kay Njoku, thanked the monarch for the cordial relationship between officers and the host community which, he said, has improved the rehabilitation of offenders in custody.