The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has been given the ‘go ahead’ by the federal government to employ 6,545 personnel in different cadre of the service.
This disclosure was made by the Comptroller General (CG), NPS, Mr. Jaffaru Ahmed, in Abuja on Monday at the 2017 budget defence in the House of Representatives.
Ahmed explained that the service had inadequate personnel, which prompted the request for waiver from the federal government to enable the service carry out recruitment.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NPS has been provided with N6 billion in the 2017 budget for the recruitment.
On the 2017 budget, the CG said that N72.3 billion was proposed out of which N37.5 was earmarked for personnel with N19 billion for overhead and N16 billion for feeding of inmates and dogs.
He said that the service would embark on mechanised agriculture to enable prisoners produce enough food to feed themselves.
This, he said, would reduce high financial burden on the Federal Government.
According to him, the service spends over N16 billon each year to feed about 72,000 inmates in the country.
Ahmed added that in 2016 fiscal year, the NPS had an outstanding of N5 billion owed contractors for the feeding of prisoners.
“We intend to set up specialised farm centres to train prisoners and to boost food production and make prisoners able to feed themselves.”
Although prison service was not a revenue generating agency, yet it was able to generate about N40.1 million in 2016 which had been paid into the national treasury, he said.