According to the Nigerian Correctional Service, food is provided to all inmates in the nation’s detention facilities for N750 a day, not N200 as has been “mischievously” reported in certain media outlets.
The assertions were malicious, false, and misleading in every way, according to a statement issued by the Service Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Umar, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, he also revealed that the organisation is seeking authorization for an increase in the feeding allowance to take into account the present state of the economy.
The statement read, “For the avoidance of doubt, the public may wish to note that feeding allowance for inmates in Nigeria is in the public domain, and vendors are paid the approved amount upon completion of supply.
“Contract for ration supply is usually made public, and the conditions clearly stated for interested vendors to apply in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007.
“Furthermore, every custodial centre has a ration committee that exercises supervisory role over quality assurance of supply, preparation, and distribution to inmates to ensure that they are fed within the approved budget.
“The authorities have, over the years, demonstrated commitment towards improving inmates’ welfare in terms of feeding as well as empowerment through effective reformation and rehabilitation programmes.
“It is unfair and unpatriotic for anyone to fabricate stories just to denigrate the service. The public is advised to discountenance the false report.
“Be assured of the irrevocable commitment of the Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, to work for the general good of persons in custody even as genuine support of well-meaning Nigerians would continue to be appreciated.”
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