Relatives of awaiting trial inmates in Enugu Prisons should start planning a welcome party for their loved ones.

This is because the government of Enugu State plans to let such people go home by hiring lawyers and paying them to represent the accused.

The State Government approved the sum of 10 million Naira for prisons’ decongestion.

The state Commissioner for Information, Godwin Udeuhele, said this on Thursday while speaking to newsmen on the outcome of the State’s Executive Council meeting.

Udeuhele said the money would be used to hire lawyers to handle bail cases and for the welfare of detainees.

The council directed that the various chapters of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in the State as well as legal based organisation be contacted for support.

He said that the council also directed the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Milletus Eze, to liaise with the Chief Judge of the State to conduct periodic jail deliveries in the prisons and cases of awaiting trials.

Speaking, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Milletus Eze, said that, “the N10 million is just a palliative to take care of the three prisons in the state’’.

He said such services would also be extended to indigenes serving various prison terms in other States across the country.