Metro FG Earmarks 6 Billion Naira For Recruitment Of 6,545 Prison Personnel



The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) said it has obtained waiver from the Federal Government to employ 6,545 staff members in different cadre of the service.

Comptroller General (CG), NPS, Jaffaru Ahmed, made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja during the 2017 budget defence in the House of Representatives.

Ahmed explained that the service had inadequate personnel, which prompted the waiver for employment, saying that N6 billion was earmarked for the recruitment in 2017 budget.

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.

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He said that the service would embark on mechanised agriculture to enable prisoners produce enough food to feed themselves, saying that this would reduce high financial burden laid on the Federal Government.

According to him, the service spends over N16 billon each year to feed about 72,000 inmates in the country.

The House Committee Chairman on Interior, Hon. Jagaban Adams Jagaban who called for an executive session with the management of NPS, advised them to be fair during the recruitment process just as they acknowledged the efforts of the new prison management to prevent new occurrences of jail break.