The Federal Government said on Thursday that it would spend N22.4 billion on feeding inmates in Correctional centres across the country.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore stated this during a two-day high conference on decongesting and corrections management in Abuja.
Belgore explained that there has been a steady rise in the population of inmates at the custodial centres with at least 80 per cent of them awaiting trials.
According to him, there are 244 custodial centres nationwide with a 75,507-inmate population, thereby leading to 82 of them becoming overcrowded.
He noted that the total number of male inmates stands at 73,821 and 1,686 female inmates.
Out of the 75,507 inmates, 52,436 are awaiting trial while 23,071 are convicted individuals with 3,322 condemned inmates on death row.
He said the fund is budgeted for in the 2023 Appropriation Act, noting government was concerned about issues relating to the decongestion of correctional facilities in the country.