Shame To APC, As Buhari’s Top Minister Compares Nigerian Workers To American Prisoners

By Post-Nigeria: October 19, 2019 12:15

Shame To APC, As Buhari’s Top Minister Compares Nigerian Workers To American Prisoners

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the least daily upkeep spent on a Prisoner in America, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, is N31,000. He stated that the amount is higher than the N30,000, which the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government recently approved as the new monthly minimum wage for Nigerian workers.
He said that his Ministry, considering the dwindling resources available to the country, has proposed N730.00 for the daily upkeep of its Prisoners, in 2020.
Aregbesola made the comparison while responding to questions from members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Interior, during 2020 budget defence session of the Ministry.
He stated that the daily upkeep of a prison inmate in some States in America, could be as high as N60,000 per day.

His words: “The American Government budget for correctional service was about $81 billion, in 2018.
“Each Prisoner enjoys daily upkeep facility of an equivalent of between N31,000 and N61,000.”
He explained that Nigeria is smaller in size compared to that of America, which made the daily upkeep on a Prisoner there higher than what is projected in the 2020 budget.
He said: “The daily upkeep of an American Prisoner is also higher than the N30,000 national minimum wage recently approved for the Nigerian workers.

“At the Federal  Executive Council level, when the budget being defended now was to be planned by way of inputs from various Ministers, I kept quiet after listening to the Minister of Finance, on the challenges and constraints facing the nation’s economy.

“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 said.

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