The Controller General of Prisons, Ahmed Ja’afaru, has commissioned 133 Assistant Superintendents of Prisons, who just concluded their six months training at the Prisons Staff College, Barnawa, Kaduna.
The Course tagged 24th ASP Basic Course International had in participation 123 Nigerians and 10 allied officers from South Sudan.
The Controller General of Prisons who was represented at the Passing out ceremony by the Deputy Controller General of Prisons, in charge of Finance and Budget Directorate, while congratulating the graduating officers admonished them to be good ambassadors of the college and by extension the Service.
Ja’afaru explained that the Prisons Staff College, which was established in 1986, was set up for the training of senior Prisons officers who hitherto were sent overseas for courses. He further explained that the Basic Course was primarily designed for Assistant Superintendents of Prisons and other senior officers to equip them with the basic knowhow of Prisons management. He expressed optimism that the graduands have been adequately exposed to the basic knowledge of the Corrections profession.
He encouraged the graduating officers to execute their duties henceforth with a new zeal pointing out that the Corrections profession demands absolute commitment, foresight, loyalty, perseverance and patriotism to achieve its Mandate.
Expressing his discontent at the recent spate of escapes and jailbreaks he admonished the cadets to show commitment to the actualisation of the mandate of the Service, chief of which is the safe custody of all legally committed to the prisons, the CGP warned that none who is found wanting due to negligence of duty would be spared.
Ja’afaru acknowledged the enormity of the task ahead of the graduands but assured them of the commitment of the Management of the Prisons to ensure that structures and processes are put in place to enhance effective performance of duties by all Prison officers.
To the foreign participants from South Sudan the CGP urged them to be good ambassadors of the college in particular and the country in general as they put to use the knowledge acquired to create positive changes that would enhance the justice system in their country.
Highlight of the ceremony was a beautiful parade display by the graduating students which was indeed a delight to watch.
10 Students – 1 South Sudanese and 9 Nigerian – who excelled in various fields were publicly acknowledged and rewarded. The fields include, academics, fields activities, leadership, discipline and marksmanship.
The Ambassador of South Sudan, Riek Puok Riek, PhD, was also present with his members of staff to witness the ceremony. Also in attendance, were dignitaries from the Police, the Immigrations and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.