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•Asks Attorney General To Begin Process Of Domesticating Non-Custodial Policy

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has asked the state Attorney General and Honourable Commissioner for Justice to commence the legal process of domesticating the Non-Custodial policy contained in the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019 in a bid to decongest the Correctional Centres in the state.

The Governor expressed concern over the number of Awaiting Trail Persons, ATP, across the five Custodial Centres in the state.

He spoke on Tuesday in his office while receiving in audience the Controller of Correctional Services, Ondo State Command, Mr. Opeyemi Fatinikun.

Governor Akeredolu commended the Nigerian Correctional Service for its systematic reorientation of inmates into the society under its 3is Initiative of Reformation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration.

He said the Agricultural and Entrepreneurial programmes of the Nigerian Correctional Service have been beneficial to the society and inmates after their terms.

The Governor assured of his administration’s readiness to continue to ensure that all agencies of government are assisted despite paucity of funds.

Earlier, the State Controller expressed the fecilitations and good wishes of his Controller-General and the Command to Governor Akeredolu over his victory at the Supreme Court.

He assured the Governor that his command will support the State Government “within the ambit of Criminal Justice Administration, Security and any other areas” required for effective collaborations.

The Controller noted with grave concern the number of inmates in the Custodial Cetres and Facility in Ondo State and sought the assistance of the State Government on the smooth discharge of the Command’s operational duties.

“Mr Governor, we have 950 inmates, 755 Awaiting Trials Persons,12 Females, 55 Lifers, 1 person condemned. We request that the Governor find time to visit the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Olokuta,” he added.

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Constitutional Amendment: 1999 Constitution is overdue for Review ~ Gov. Akeredolu

As the process of constitution amendment is ongoing in the country, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday said it would be better for the country to adopt the 1963 Constitution, which he said contained the principles of true federalism.

The governor, who berated the current 1999 Constitution, noted that the constitution was improper and needed to have been changed before this time.

Akeredolu stated this in his remarks at the opening of the zonal public hearing on the proposed alteration in the provision of the constitution, held in Akure, the state capital.

According to the governor, there was a need to correct the fundamental mistakes that had been made in the past on the existence of the country. He warned that the ongoing process of amendment of the 1999 Constitution must not be taken frivolously.

He said, “The current attempt at constitution amendment should be taken beyond the usual jamboree conceived and executed to arrive at the predetermined result. This country has been experiencing constitution review since 1922 when the colonialists pretended to give a semblance of representation in our affairs.

“The 1946 Richard’s Constitution followed due to agitations of the people who clamoured for more representation. The Macpherson’s of 1951 and Lyttleton’s of 1954 followed the same pattern. The 1958 Conference held in London gave provenance to the Independence Constitution of 1960. The 1963 Constitution retained Regionalism and upheld the principle of autochthony, an organic development of the law using local experiences.

“The republican status of the country was reflected. Each Region had considerable latitude to blossom at her own pace. There was devolution of powers in the true sense of the term. This was the period when even outsiders noticed the potential greatness of the nascent post-colonial country. The major provisions which allowed the three regions which existed before independence were retained in the 1963 Constitution. That remains the best document for a country as heterogeneous as Nigeria.

“It was the best practicable guide towards nationhood. Unfortunately, the military coup of 1966 destroyed that when it abolished regionalism and created the so-called provinces while imposing a unitary system on the country.”

He specifically warned that the exercise must not toe the path of the previous attempts at “tokenism,” saying “the basic law of any country must not be reduced to frivolities reflecting preferred whimsies.”

“It must not be oppressive of the minorities. Its provisions must indeed give teeth to the primary purpose for which the government exists. No provision of the law must not be justiciable as Chapter Two of the current 1999 Constitution seeks to impress on us. All the agitations of the peoples of this country must be looked into with a view to improving the economic power of the average citizens. The best way possible is to allow each region flower in its areas of comparative advantage” the governor implored.

In his own remarks, the Chairman, the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, explained that the ongoing review provides a platform for the people of Nigeria to express their opinions on the “fundamental law that governs our lives through proposals that will lead to the highest good for the greatest number of our people.”

Represented at the hearing by the senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, the chairman said, “No doubt, we are going to have diverse and differing views on the different themes of the exercise. However, the focus for this Committee is how to manage the review exercise in a fair, inclusive, credible, and transparent manner.”

Memoranda were submitted at the public hearing by the representatives of different groups from Ondo, Ekiti, and Osun states.

Some of the areas in the constitution they wanted to be reviewed included, power devolution, state police, gender equality, residency, local government, legislative and judiciary autonomy among .

Source: Punch news.

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At 64, Aregbesola Is A Progressive Deserving Of All Admiration – Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, congratulates former Governor of the State of Osun and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on the occasion of his 64th birthday.

Governor Akeredolu describes Aregbesola as a man whose passion for service is contagious and admirable, particularly with his years of service as commissioner in Lagos State, two-term governor in the state of Osun and now a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Rauf has a remarkable record of simplicity and humility in public service. He is a progressive committed to the service of the country. He is deserving of all admiration.

“As you mark your 64th birthday, I am sure the country still has a lot to gain from your wealth of experience in various areas of public service. We are proud of you and many strides you have recorded in your service to the people of the state and the nation at large,” Governor Akeredolu says.

Arakunrin Akeredolu wishes Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola a very happy birthday while praying that the Almighty Allah will continue to grant him good health, peace and success.

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