FIDA Uyo advocates for the establishment of mother -baby units within Correctional Centres.

The International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA Akwa Ibom, Uyo Branch is saddened at the overstretched facilities at the Medium Custodial Centre, Uyo currently housing One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifteen Inmates as against the Six Hundred and Thirteen capacity.

FIDA Uyo Branch led by her Chairperson, Iquo Abia Esq, during a visit on Female Inmates on Thursday 4th April, 2024 pledged to set up intervention measures within their capabilities, including provision of legal representations, recommendations to relevant government agencies for parole, especially for expectant mothers and infant bearing mothers. In addition, FIDA is pressing for non-custodial sentences for misdemeanours.

Above all, FIDA Uyo is also advocating for the speedy establishment of Mother-Baby Unit and special centres for children within custodial centres.

The Controller, Nigeria Correctional Service, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Julius Ezugwu, represented by the Assistant Controller Mr. Festus Akpan while appreciating the team for the visit responded that there is provision for Mother-Baby Unit in the Correctional Act which is awaiting implementation.

Mr. Festus Akpan also hinted on the imminent visit by the Board on Prerogative of Mercy to the facility and hoped that some inmates would be considered for parole. He disclosed that inmates awaiting trial constituted about seventy percent of the population and therefore appealed to FIDA to assist in ensuring speedy trial.

FIDA Uyo Branch embarked on the visit in collaboration with the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, MWAN and Youth Alive Foundation which featured health and mental well-being session, legal clinic and pep-talk by a former inmate. Basic items were also donated.

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