The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has announced plans to set up specialised farm centres so that prisoners will be able to feed themselves.
Comptroller-general of NPS, Jaffaru Ahmed disclosed this on Monday when he appeared before the house of representatives committee on interior. He lamented that every year, the service spends about N18 million to feed over 70,000 inmates across the country which has led to the accumulation of over N5 billion debt.
He told the committee that N6 billion had been approved to employ 6,545 officials into various cadre in the NPS.
We intend to set up specialised farm centres, and train them towards production and make prisons able to feed itself.
We need enough money and massive money to rehabilitate prisons, build new prisons and get away from urban centres.
There is need to move prisons out of urban centres because there is no room of expansion and to site industries and install equipment for food processing to reduce the burden on government, some of them are over 100 years.