Buhari signs new bills into law, changes the name of two Federal establishments


Emerging report reaching TOS TV, disclosed that 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.

“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”, Buhari noted.

The President 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 sent to Newsmen by the Presidency.

The statement reads: “The Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019.

“This Act repeals the Prisons Act 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: Custodial Service, the Non-Custodial Service.

The Custodial Service is to take: “custody and take control of persons legally interned in safe, secure, and humane conditions.

“Conveying remand persons to and from courts in motorised formations;

“Identifying the existence and causes of anti-social behaviours of inmates;

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

“Implementing reformation and rehabilitation programmes, to enhance the reintegration of inmates back into the society;

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

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

“Administering borstal and related institutions;

“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 second which is the 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”, the statement concluded.