(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Out of the N22.6bn earmarked by the Federal Government for the construction of the 3,000-capacity Karshi Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Abuja, N6bn has been released, with the first phase of the project having commenced with 51 projects awarded to various indigenous companies in different stages of completion.
The Controller-General of Corrections, Jafa’aru Ahmed, who was represented by the Deputy Controller-General of Corrections in charge of Human Resources, John Mrabure, disclosed this during the oversight visit of the House Committee on Reformatory Institutions to the site on Monday.
According to Mrabure, abou N4.1b had so far been expended on the project, adding that the first phase of the project was kick started with an initial appropriated sum of N6.031b out of the N22.6bn budgeted to the service in 2018, adding that a total of 46 projects were awarded to indigenous companies after they were found to be technically and financially qualified. Thereafter, five additional projects were later awarded, bringing the total number of projects to 51.
The CG stated that the Karshi custodial facility was approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2017 based on the need to construct modern 3,000-capacity custodial centres in the six geo-political zones of the country.
Members of the committee, led by Edwin Anayo, the Chairman, commended the quality of job at the project site.