The sum of N2.8bn was approved by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday to help speed up the decongestion of crowded prisons in the country by digital connectivity.
The project will establish a digital web-based, integrated system that will monitor all prisons real-time to determine the number of inmates, their movements between courts, those awaiting trial or wrongly imprisoned and the time required to conclude the cases of individual prisoners.
Wednesday’s FEC meeting was presided over by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, spoke on the project as the meeting rose.
He said the stakeholders to be connected to the system included his office, the Nigeria Prisons Service and the Nigeria Police.
With the envisaged system in place, the AGF said the analogue method of using visitation committees to determine those inmates to be pardoned would become a thing of the past.
Another N291.73m was also approved by FEC for the procurement of an aviation security system called Memory Access Retrieval System.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, told State House correspondents that the system would help in accident investigations.
“(It) will enhance our laboratory in accident investigations. It is a requirement of International Civil Aviation Organisation in the standard practices and applicable by local laws,” he stated.