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Why Our Dogs are Fed Better than Inmates at the nation’s correctional facilities – Controller General, NCS Explains

Why Our Dogs are Fed Better than Inmates at the nation’s correctional facilities - Controller General, NCS Explains

Why Our Dogs are Fed Better than Inmates at the nation’s correctional facilities – Controller General, NCS Explains

The Controller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa, admitted before the joint National Assembly Committee on Interior on Thursday that dogs are fed better than inmates at the nation’s correctional facilities.

Nababa disclosed this when he defended his 2024 Budget at the National Assembly.

He said, “The Nigeria Correctional Service has written the Minister of Interior requesting for the review of the amount we are using to feed the inmates from N750 per day, to N3, 000 per day. We are still waiting for the approval.

“We are therefore seeking the assistance of the National Assembly to approve the increment.

“We have made provision for the feeding of inmates, dogs and staff on training in six training institutions across the country. The money is grossly inadequate.

“The total number of the inmates in 2023 is 81, 354 nationwide while 53, 352 are awaiting trial.

“The budget for feeding each of them per day is N750 at N250 per meal, per inmate.

“We also have about 100 dogs that we feed with N800 per day.”

The CG explained that the feeding allowance per day would be reduced to N720 after the reduction of VAT and tax.

When the joint panel demanded the breakdown of the menu being served the prisoners as breakfast, lunch and dinner, the CG and his team said they have the menu of what the prisoners should eat as breakfast, lunch and dinner based on the locality they are being remanded.

The CG, however, said they were not with the menu chart.

He added that the quantity of the food and the ingredients needed to prepare it are contained in the chart.

The Chairman of the Committee and former governor of Edo State,  Adams Oshiomhole, APC, Edo North, expressed surprise that  the NCS has 900 dogs across its custodial centres and it spends N800 every day to feed them while N750 is spent on an inmate.

He said, “53, 352 or more are not convicted yet, they are awaiting trial. They are not guilty of any offence known to law. They are innocent under our laws. For an innocent Nigerian who is being held in a correctional home, N250 per meal is grossly inadequate. I wonder what you are feeding them with. They are obviously underfed.

“The Minister of Interior said yesterday that the NCS rather than being correctional is dehumanising. I am surprised that the 2024 budget is still based on old figures. I am surprised the CG cannot, based on the market forces, present before us, the realistic amount that could feed an innocent Nigerian who has not been pronounced guilty by any court of law. You mean the chart is so complicated that you will need to read a book to tell us?

“Many of them are there on an offence they knew nothing about. However, the system has put them under your care.

“Somebody said if Mandela was in a Nigerian prison for 27 years, he would have lost his sanity by the time he was released to govern South Africa. Our prisons are meant to correct the behaviours of the people. They are not condemnation centres. They are not to dehumanised.”

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