The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, stated on Friday that the least each day maintenance spent on a prisoner in America was N31,000.
He stated the quantity was increased than the N30, 000 which the Federal Government lately authorized as month-to-month minimal wage for its employees.
He stated his ministry, contemplating the dwindling sources accessible to the nation, had proposed N730 .00 for the each day maintenance of its prisoners in 2020.
Aregbesola made the comparability whereas responding to questions from members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Interior throughout 2020 funds defence session of the ministry.
He stated the each day maintenance of a jail inmate in some states in America might be as excessive as N60,000 per day.
He stated, “The American authorities funds for correctional service is about $81bn in 2018.
“Each prisoner enjoys daily upkeep facility of an equivalent of between N31,000 and N61, 000.”
He defined that Nigeria is smaller in measurement in comparison with that of America which made the each day maintenance on a prisoner there increased than what was projected within the 2020 funds.
He stated, “The each day maintenance of an American prisoner can be increased than the N30, 000 nationwide minimal wage lately authorized for the Nigerian employees.
“At the Federal Executive Council stage when the funds being defended now was to be deliberate by means of inputs from varied ministers, I saved quiet after listening to the Minister of Finance on the challenges and constraints going through the nation’s economic system .
“One of such challenges is the paucity of funds which has made the Ministry of Interior unable to pay for forty fire trucks manufactured for the country by Turkey since 18 months ago,” he stated.