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NIGERIAN PRISON SERVICE (NPS) AND THE CHALLENGES OF SOCIAL WELFARE ADMINISTRATION: A STUDY OF ABAKALIKI PRISON
This paper examines the “Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) and the challenges of social welfare administration: A study of Abakaliki prison, aimed at ascertaining the extent to which welfare services were being administered in Abakaliki prison and the factors affecting it. Survey design through structured questionnaire was used to extract relevant data for the study. Hypothesis was tested using chi-square (X2) statistical tool. The study discovered that Abakaliki prison has been unable to meet minimum U.N standard in welfare services because of congestion. There is a continuous use of bucket latrines which expose inmates to health hazards. Apart from inadequate funds, it was discovered that mismanagement of welfare funds has exposed inmates to unhealthy situation, which can result to epidemics and untimely deaths of the inmates. We therefore recommended that government should build more structures in the prison to accommodate the ever increasing number of inmates, states governments should be allowed to create state detention centres as alternative to prisons, constant training and retraining of prison staff in line with current global best practices for prisons becomes necessary.
Keywords: Prison, Social Welfare, Challenges, Administration.