21 July 2020 by Aisha Adesonya
The House of Representatives has directed its committee on reformatory institutions to investigate the Nigerian correctional service for alleged financial misappropriation of over 600 billion naira in the last ten years.
This is the resolution of a motion sponsored by the minority leader of the House Ndudi Elumelu at plenary.
In his lead debate the lawmaker expressed concern that the Nigerian correctional service had not been operating and performing satisfactorily despite huge funds channeled into the correctional facilities.
He added that the purpose of these facilities to rehabilitate and reform inmates before reintegrating them into the society has been defeated as the inmates were kept in dehumanizing conditions.
Elumelu also pointed out that despite an average of seventeen billion naira spent annually on feeding of inmates in the 244 correctional services across the country, malnutrition remains a major challenge.
The minority leader also expressed worry that despite huge and increasing budgetary allocation to the correctional service in recent years, the facilities are characterized by poor feeding, widespread disease, poor medical attention, over crowding amongst others.
Adopting the prayer to the motion the house mandated its committee on reformatory institutions to investigate the 613.5 billon naira that had been appropriated for the correctional service in the last ten years and report back in four weeks for further legislative action.