A non-governmental organisation, under the aegis of Alliance for Good Governance and Democracy, have expressed concern over the nonpayment of the outstanding monies owed contractors for the food supplied inmates in prisons nationwide, several months after the federal government announced increment in the feeding allowance of
prison inmates from N200 toN300.
The group, in a press statement signed by its National Coordinator and National Secretary, Comrade Shadrack Nwokolo and Jimi Sanwo , and made available to newsmen in Lagos revealed that after thorough investigation of the state
and conditions of prisons across the nation, it discovered that
contractors responsible for food supplies were being owed huge sums of monies for the services they rendered to Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS, in the last one year .
“There are about 56,000 inmates scattered in Nigerian prisons. A lot of prisoners would have been dying on daily bases if not for the kind gesture of the contractors who have not relented in supplying foods to the inmates despite the huge debt owed by NPS in the last one year.
“We are concerned about the welfare of inmates and that
is why we were in the vanguard for the upward review of their daily feeding allowance from N200 per day to N300 per day , which we still admit to be grossly inadequate, considering the cost of food items in the country. We are therefore, appealling to the federal government and the prison authorities in particular to address the lingering issues to avert an imminent stoppage of food supplies to inmates in prisons nationwide, the consequences may be fatal if something is not done urgently to pay up the backlog of outstanding debt to the contractors.
The group recalled that “In January 2015, the federal government increased feeding allowance
for prison inmates from N200 to N300 per prisoner per day, excluding allowance for gas which is N150 per inmate per day. The total provision for feeding prisoners in Nigerian prison is N450 per prisoner per day.”

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