The federal Government has promised to rebuild the skill acquisition centre at the Warri correctional centre which was destroyed during the end police brutality protests that rocked the nation recently.
Minister for labour and Employments Festus Keyamo who announced this during a fact finding visit to the Warri correctional centre said the function of the skills centre was to assist inmates develop and acquire new talents while serving their terms.
The Minister said it was unfortunate that a section of the correctional centre was destroyed. The Minister who was conducted round the centre by the Deputy comptroller of the correctional centre, Mr Adimabua Okonkwo said it was important to look into the plight inmates of the centre and promised to appeal to the Attorney General to help hasten the trial of those awaiting trial.
Deputy comptroller of the correctional centre, Okere Warri, Mr Okonkwo said, twenty six inmates escaped from the centre during a jail break by inmate in the centre following widespread protests on the streets. He said five of those who escaped were on death row and that some of the inmates set the stage for the escape by burning the female inmates ward, skills centre, computer room and one of the male halls. The deputy comptroller explains that the Okere correctional centre was the oldest in Delta State and required upgrading.
At the end of the tour, the minister of state for labour and employment chief Keyamu commended the DSS, Police soldiers staff of the correctional centre and Okere community for displaying a high level of patriotism during the incident at the centre as well as at the time of the end police brutality protests.
It was gathered that president Mohammadu Buhari had directed all members of the Federal Executive council to go to their various states to ascertain the level of destruction during the protests. It is expected that the findings of the Ministers will be transmitted to Mr President for further action.