Following the launch of the Nigeria’s National Prisons Information Management System (PIMS) by the Nigeria Prisons Service, today, Friday, January 18, 2019, the Kirikiri medium and maximum prison located in Apapa, Lagos Mainland will now enjoy a digital Prisons Information Management System, linked to the Nigeria Information Management Commission.
The new system will replace the old analogue database (paper records) it was gathered.
In a statement released by the Service, the body stated that; “The old systems which consist primarily of hard copy registers & limited Excel-based registers, lacked uniformity across the 244 prisons in Nigeria. [Their] analogue nature also made it difficult for officials to transfer required info to relevant units of NPS within good time.”
The agency also revealed that the “PIMS is expected to strategically interact with other national identity Mgt. databases. Such databases include the national crime database being developed under the oversight of the Presidential Stakeholders Committee on Prison Reform & Decongestion which was inaugurated Oct 2017.”
The PIMS which contains Identity Management, Case Management, Health Management, Risk Management, Statistics & Reporting, and Legal Clearing House modules has been deployed to 86 locations across 16 States(NPS national HQ, 8 zonal commands, 16 selected State commands [across the geopolitical zones], and roughly 2 prisons in each of the 16 selected States).
This for many is a welcome development after calls by stakeholders for a proper data management process for several years.