The Oasis Reporters
June 23, 2019
By Mike Odeh James, Kaduna.
Nigeria Prisons Service has recently promoted over five thousand personnel in the Service as part of efforts to reposition the service for optimal productivity.
This was disclosed during the Graduation Ceremony of the 9th Advanced Command Course at Prison Staff College, Barnawa, Kaduna state in northwest Nigeria by the Nigeria Prisons Service Comptroller General, Alhaji Ahmed Ja’afaru.
The CG was however represented by the Assistant Comptroller General of Prisons on Administration. ACG Sylvester Nwakuche, where he said that the promotion was based on character, integrity and discipline to boost the morale of the officers and men for effective performance.
He charged the graduands to uphold the moral ethics of the profession, pointing out that integrity and discipline in addition to academic performance were prerequisites for promotion in the service.
The Comptroller General, Alhaji Ja’afaru added that training and retraining of officers and men of the service have come to stay for them to have requisite knowledge and skills to contend with the new wave of criminality considering the security challenges bedevilling the country.
He said efforts are ongoing to construct prisons across Nigeria’s six geo-political zones in addition to the 72 students hostel in the staff college amongst other infrastructural development aimed at creating conducive atmosphere for officers performance in the service
He said the era of stagnation where personnel in the service remain in the same rank for years without elevation had gone and urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the service by exhibiting good character as well as extra curricular values in the discharge of their mandate.
Some of the graduands who spoke to newsmen under anonymity gave the assurance to uphold the ethics of the service and diligently perform assigned duties.
The course participants expressed satisfaction with the performance of the Comptroller General for breaking the yoke of stagnation and bringing smiles to the faces of the officers and men of the service as they pledged to work hard to justify the confidence and resources expended on them by the management via their training.
Thirty eight top officers of the Prisons Service from different commands across the country graduated from the six weeks Advanced Command Course at the Prisons Staff College Kaduna. The college is said to be the one and only intellectual powerhouse of the service that has trained and equipped thousands of prison officers from within and outside the country for effective service delivery.
President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Mr Ahmed Ja’afaru to take over from Dr Peter Ekpendu as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service, NPS in a statement issued on Tuesday,May 24, 2016.