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We will replace Black Maria with Green Maria – FG

The Federal Government have revealed plans to replace Black Maria vehicles for the conveyance of prisoners with Green Maria.

We will replace Black Maria with Green Maria - FG lailasnews


Speaking to journalists in the State House after the weekly FEC meeting, Interior Minister, Abdulraman Danbazzau, said the council approved his memorandum to henceforth purchase Green Maria as against Black Maria.

He said the decision was meant to reflect the fresh initiative not to see prisons as places of vengeance and punishment but rehabilitation centres.

Dambazzau said FEC approved N1.5billion for the purchase of 116 Green Maria vehicles, adding that buying such a large number of vehicles had become necessary in view of the shortage of vehicles for prison operations at the moment.

“The third aspect is the Nigerian Prisons. That also has to do with procurement of operational and Green Maria vehicles not Black Maria. We just changed the name to reflect the current thinking on rehabilitation and treatment of inmates.

We are procuring 116 vehicles…which will cost N1, 584, 64,560. Because of lack of logistics, the vehicles that have contributed in the past are still not enough to take inmates and those awaiting trials to court,”

The minister also said the council approved N3.952 billion for the procurement of fire-fighting trucks. According to him, when this administration came on board in 2015, there was only one rickety fire-fighting truck in Abuja.

74 Comments

  1. Nigerian prisons can never be regarded as a Rehabilitation center…if you people like, buy pink maria

  2. Whether black or green malaria, let there be fair judgement before any one will be thrown to the prison. It’s not a development to me

  3. Green or black Marie is neither good . It’s a vehicle for carrying prisoners not a good one to take in motion

  4. They are here again o…looking for ways to milk the country dry….whatever happened to the old black maria and what will they do with the old ones….this is all a plot to embezzle the wealth of the nation.

  5. Why can’t they repaint the black Maria to green for God sake….. This people are just looking for ways to make away with our money

  6. These people eeh instead of them to spend money on something better imagine what Someone is planning to do.

  7. They are here again o…looking for ways to milk the country dry….whatever happened to the old black maria and what will they do with the old ones….this is all a plot to embezzle the wealth of the nation.

  8. Expect to hear it in the news soon the amount of money to be used to convert Black Maria to Green Maria

  9. If you people like replace it with yellow malaria. What can the helpless masses do in front of a lawless gun carrying officer

  10. Who Green Maria help? We have more pressing issue in this country to be dealt with, you are talking about purchasing green Maria. Whether green or blue, is it not for same purpose? Please you people should deal with more reasonable matters that will be of great benefit to the nation.

  11. Whether black or green, that is not Nigerians problem, so they should concentrate more on things that are relevant

  12. procurement of operational and Green Maria vehicles not Black Maria. We just changed the name to reflect the current thinking on rehabilitation and treatment of inmates. The above is a good gesture if the money mentioned for it will be used for the purpose

  13. A good innovation but will it change the state of the prison? The reform should be with the building and the inmates

  14. just look out the so called leaders. no good ideal. always finding unnecessary ways to take away nigeria cash

  15. Does that make any sense at all , all what they want is avenue to squander money , buhari is a thief imdeed , better go back to daura

  16. Seriously, they should work on pressing issues that is affecting the country negatively,unlike buying green Maria ,it’s for the same purpose, no need for change.

  17. Thats a good one, ever since I was born I have been hearing about black Maria please they should change it to green maria it sounds better

  18. Changing of shape, side and coloured wouldn’t be enough to rehabilitate things, what is required is personal change of attitude and of thinking.

  19. Rehabilitation Centre! I laugh in Swahili most Nigerian prisoners always come out worst after spending time behind the bars.

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