By Augusta Uchediunor
The Rivers Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service has raised a value chain for the production of organic fertilisers through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) at the Custodial Centre.
This was made known in a statement by DSC Juliet Ofoni, the Command’s Public Relations Officer.
According to Ofoni, the programme has been unveiled in Port Harcourt when the Controller General of Corrections (CGCS), Haliru Nababa, presented a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the Controller of Corrections, Rivers Command, Felix Lawrence.
She stated that Lawrence, thereafter, handed over the document to the private developer, Mr Ibikun Taiwo, Director, Biofil Technology Nigeria Limited, to produce organic fertilisers at the Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Port Harcourt.
Nababa, represented by Raymond Jatau, Controller of Corrections, Sewage unit, National Headquarters, Abuja, stated that there would be a continuous selection and deployment of inmates to learn and benefit from the programme.
He said the programme was expected to promote inmates’ rehabilitation and support their reintegration.
According to him, the programme will also enhance the human capital base of Nigerian youths, encourage PPP as a government strategic development policy and generate revenue from waste.
He said the programme was also intended to ensure sustainability of biogas as a viable option for sewage and waste management in a Correctional environment.
“All benefits of the programme shall be articulated by a separate consultant on Inmates Rehabilitation Surveillance, Messrs P- Greening Project Limited/ GTE, to ensure that inmates legitimate income is extracted from Biofil Tech. Nig Ltd.”
This serves “as an earning scheme for the effective rehabilitation of those affected inmates in the Correctional Centre”.
“The clear advantage of the arrangement is that maintenance cost for the biogas facility on the authority is drastically minimised while additional value of extraction of fertilizers for agricultural use is achieved.
“Utilisation of the organic fertiliser is expected to be procured by Agric Unit of the Nigerian Correctional Service to enrich activities of farm centres in Rivers and other commands around the southern parts of Nigeria,” he said.
He also said that it was the desire of the Federal Government to optimise investment in all aspects of Correctional management.
Nababa also used the occasion to urge all field officers to brace up to the new challenge of meeting up with the service mandate of productivity and capacity building of Inmates talents.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of the memorandum of understanding to the developer and the sight inspection of all dignitaries present.
The Controller of Corrections, Rivers Command, Felix Lawrence, thanked the CGCS for the sustainability of the Biogas project since 2020 and further harnessing of the value chain in developing the biogas through the public private partnership scheme.
The conversion of human waste to biogas energy at the Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Port-Harcourt started with a liquefied petroleum gas operated kitchen in November 2020.(NAN) www.nannews.ng
Edited by Dianabasi Effiong/Idris Abdulrahman