The Kano State Government has said that water supply to prisons in the state would be restored to reduce the hardship being faced by inmates.
Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso made this known on Friday when he met with the new Controller of Prisons, Mr Abdurrahman Ashafa, at the Government House in Kano.
A statement by the Director of Press, Malam Baba Dantiye, quoted Kwankwaso as having directed the Commissioner for Home Affairs to start implementing the project.
It added that the governor said the Kurnawa and Goron Dutse prisons would serve as a pilot scheme for the exercise.
It also quoted Kwankwaso as saying that the state government recently approved money for the improvement of facilities in the cells in some prisons.
The statement added that the governor promised government’s continued partnership with the Committee on Prerogative of Mercy in reducing congestion in prisons across the state.
It also announced the governor’s approval of two new vehicles for the Nigerian Prisons Service in the state, saying that the vehicles were meant to convey inmates to and from courts.
“It is regrettable that inadequate logistics often impede the smooth delivery of justice in the state.
“But this gesture is just the beginning of the good things that will be done to ease the difficulties faced by prison authorities,’’ the governor was quoted to have said at the occasion.
Earlier, the Controller of Prisons had sought assistance from the governor to alleviate problems facing major prisons in the state capital.
He had listed the problems as congestion, poor water supply and lack of vehicles, among other things.