22 November 2012

Nigeria: Senate - Paramilitary Agencies Spending Too Much On Uniforms

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Immigration Service, Fire Service and Prisons Service spend too much on uniforms rather than improve on training facilities, the Senate has said.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior, Senator Abubakar Bagudu, said this yesterday at the 2013 budget defence of the Ministry of Interior.

Bagudu, who did not disclose how much the agencies spent on uniforms, said his committee, on a recent visit to the agencies, discovered a terrible state of structures, gross inadequate of inmates' feeding system, lack of security gadgets, among others.

He urged the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, to consider the Prisons Service "under the SURE-P Programme so that production of goods and services can increase".

He asked Immigration Service Comptroller-General Mrs Rose Uzoma to visit the Murtala International Airport Lagos to see how the Service could achieve a world-class entry and exit service.

Bagudu said the N156.1billion proposed for the ministry was insufficient, given the security challenges facing the nation.

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