The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has launched a joint liquefied gas and biogas-operated kitchen for cooking inmates’ food at Maximum Security Custodial Centre, Lagos.
The Comptroller-General (CG) of NCoS, Mr Jaafaru Ahned, at the commissioning on Monday revealed that the use of biogas for cooking conforms with global practices.
“The system transforms the inmates’ fecal matter into gas resources for cooking at custodial centre,” Ahmed, represented by Mr Bello Bomoi, Assistant Comptroller-General (ACG), said.
The CG said that the new infrastructure replaces the firewood kitchen system used at the custodial centre.
“Bio gas combination with liquefied natural gas would certainly provide enough energy for the cooking of inmates’ food,” he said.
According to Ahmed, the use of bio gas would save the Federal government huge funds spent annually to evacuate wastes at custodial centres in the country.
He emphasised that the most outstanding advantage of bio gas was its capacity to address health challenges associated with the use of firewood in preparing the food of inmates.
Ahmed explained that NCoS embarked on the construction of the infrastructure in 2017.
The CG also confirmed that due to premium placed on bio gas, it has been incorporated into the new 3,000 capacity Maximum Security Custodial Centre currently being constructed in Janguza, Kano State.
He reiterated that like other agencies, NCoS was confronted with many challenges.
“However, it is gratifying to state that the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has genuinely demonstrated commitment to address all the challenges,” he said.
The NCoS Lagos Zone A commander, Mr Peter Pevigo, at the commissioning appreciated NCoS CG and Minister of Interior for the successful completion of the project.
“I am proud to say that the laudable project took place under their sterling leadership,” he said.
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