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Stakeholders call for review of Borstal institution Act

The Federal government says it is committed to the protection of children through the children’s justice system and the mid-streaming of the children’s development plan.

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Malami Abubakar stated this on Wednesday during  a stakeholders workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Presidential Committee on correctional reforms and decongestion and the Nigeria Correctional Centre in Abuja.

The Minister who was represented by the Solicitor General of the federation and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Jeddy Agba noted the obsolete characters in the act that establish Borstal institution and the need to review the act to accommodate international best practices, ensuring the welfare of juveniles in the institution.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola opined that the law establishing the Borstal institution was long overdue for review and challenged the stakeholder’s forum to look into alternative ways in dealing with crimes among children and youths,  maintaining that the federal government cannot afford the establishment of more Juveniles centres across the country owing to the large amount spent on welfare of already established custodial centres in the country.

The Chairman, Presidential Committee on Reforms and Decongestion of Custodial Centres, Rtd Justice Ayu Bello advocated review of the Youths borstal Act 2022 to accommodate the new trends in Juveniles crime law.

Justice Bello also emphasised the need for more Borstal centres adding that the country had only three which had slowed down the pace of administration of justice.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu