The Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial district, Chukwuka Utazi, on Friday, decried the poor treatment of prison inmates in Nigeria.
He said prison inmates in Nigeria have the rights to be well fed and urged the Ministry of Interior to ensure that they are fed well.
Utazi spoke when the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, appeared before the Committee to defend his ministry’s 2020 budget.
The senator lamented that the condition of Correctional Service facilities across the country helps to transform sane persons into insane ones when they leave the facilities.
He said: “Hon. Minister of Interior, you have to feed your inmates in prison well before any other thing. The ration is not anything near human treatment.
“If anyone is sane before getting to prisons, he would be insane after coming out because of ill-treatment. I know what I am talking about because I have been there. Feed them well.”
Aregbesola blamed the non- release of capital funds meant for feeding of prison inmates as one of the challenges facing the management of the facilities.
According to the minister, Nigeria’s Correctional Service could be turned into enterprise centres, if adequate funds are made available.
He said: “We are all concerned about the condition of Nigeria’s concentration camps. We can turn our Correctional Service facilities into enterprise centres if there is an adequate release of funds. ”
The minister also made clarification on the ongoing recruitment into the recruitment, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), saying that “about 2.5 million people applied for the jobs out of which 1.85 million candidates have been cleared.”
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