Pirate prison on verge of closure

Electricity bills could force closure of Puntland pirate prison.

Somalia: Danish-funded Prison facility in Puntland on verge of closure

A 500-bed prison facility in the state capital of Garowe is on the verge of closure as electricity shortage reigns for day-to-day activities according to independent sources, Garowe Online

GO has learned that harsh economic conditions resulted in the suspension of electricity service that was provided with prison by local electric company.

Garowe Prison, pirate complex and one of the largest facilities in the horn of Africa has been grappling with electricity price hike, with management board of the prison preferring generators over Nugal Electric Corporation (NEC)’s electricity consumption.

NEC’s power price regulator reportedly read $400 for each night but Puntland Government failed to pay 30 barrels meant for prison operations per month, sources added.

As part of counter-piracy efforts, UN agencies alongside some European nations with Denmark,Finland, Holland, Norway and the UK at the forefront shouldered inmates’ meal, education and health service expenses while Puntland government is tasked with covering 80% of the electricity consumption and salary of prison guards.

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Source: garoweonline.com

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