The Nigerian federal government has proposed spending more than N22.44 billion in 2023 on the provision of food and catering supplies for the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS).
The line item will cost the Correctional Service N22,447,582,237.
The sum, which is a component of the executive proposal made by the federal government in the 2023 Appropriations Bill, also includes more than N304.39 billion for the parent Ministry of Interior.
The Nigeria Correctional Service receives N91.79 billion, while the Ministry of Interior’s administrative headquarters get N2.66 billion.
The Nigerian Immigration Service, which receives N76.51 billion, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are further recipients.
Civil Defense, Fire, Corrections, and Immigration Services Board receive N117.15 billion, while the Federal Fire Service receives N522.59 million and N15.74 billion, respectively.
Over N1.55 billion would be spent on the continuing construction of four maximum security detention facilities with a combined capacity of 3,000 people in the states of Osun, Plateau, Gombe, and Abia.
Additionally, it will cost N783.3 million to complete the building of model correctional centers with 3,000 capacity in Kano, Abuja, Bori, and Damaturu and to add cells to select institutions.
The service expects to spend more than N1.44 billion on the biometrics, weapons, and ammo, as well as other security equipment, at prisons.