Nigeria to Spend N22.4 Billion on Inmate Feeding in Correctional Centres

In a recent announcement, the Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled its plan to allocate N22.4 billion towards feeding inmates in correctional centres across the country. The revelation came during a two-day High Conference on Decongestion and Corrections Management held in the capital city of Abuja.

Dr. Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, shared this information, highlighting that the fund has been allocated in the 2023 Appropriation Act. He emphasized the pressing need for adequate provisions as the population of custodial centres continues to increase, with approximately 80% of the inmates awaiting trial.

Presently, Nigeria has 244 custodial centres, accommodating a total inmate population of 75,507. Regrettably, 82 of these centres are currently experiencing severe overcrowding issues. The male inmate population stands at 73,821, while there are 1,686 female inmates.

Among the total inmate count, 52,436 individuals are awaiting trial, while 23,071 have been convicted of crimes. Additionally, there are 3,322 condemned inmates currently on death row.

These figures highlight the urgent need for appropriate funding and measures to address the challenges faced by Nigeria’s correctional system.

By allocating N22.4 billion to inmate feeding, the government aims to ensure the well-being of incarcerated individuals while striving for effective corrections management and the overall improvement of the system.

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