CG, contractors meet over prisons’ food supply threat

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The Controller-General of Prisons, Dr. Peter Ekpendu has met with members of the National Association of Nigerian Prisons Service Ration and Gas contractors over their threat to suspend food and gas supply to prison inmates.

The contractors had in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari said they would stop supplying food to the prisons due to the inability of the Nigerian Prisons Service to settle their outstanding bills amounting to billions of naira.

But a statement by the Prison Service Public Relations Officer, Francis Enobore on Wednesday in Abuja said the contractors during the meeting assured the CG of continued and constant supply of food and gas to prison formations nationwide.

It stated that the association’s  President, Chief Samuel  Sanni expressed confidence in the ability of the prisons management  to quickly come to their rescue and settle the debts owed the contractors.

The NPS management therefore assured prison inmates of constant supply of food and gas.

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The statement read in part, “Prison inmates across the country have been reassured of continued and constant supply of food and gas.

“This followed an emergency meeting convened by the Controller-General of Prisons, Dr. Peter Ekpendu with members of the National Association of Nigerian Prisons Service Ration and Gas contractors who had earlier issued a threat to stop food and gas supply to prison inmates.

“At the end of the meeting, the contractors unanimously pledged to an uninterrupted supply of food and gas to all the prisons in the country based on the assurances of the CGP that the Federal Government was giving the issues serious consideration.”

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