Jail break will continue in Nigeria if….. – Dalong
By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
Minister designate, Solomon Dalong has said unless the problem of insecurity confronting the nation is dealt with, prison breaks will continue to be a major challenge in the Nigeria.
Dalong, who was a guest at the Passing Out Parade (POP) of the Nigerian Prison Service, 23rd Assistant Superintendents (ASP) Basic Course (International), told journalists in Kaduna that jail break will end when the government of President Muhammadu Buhari put an end to insecurity.
“When you have insecurity prevalence in the country, jail break becomes the order of the day, so it is not strange unless much is done to curtail the spate of insecurity which the present government is doing enough.
“Jail break will be a thing of the past in no distance future when we have addressed our security problems. But I think there is a need for us to bring our parameter walls and the entire security system of our prisons to meet with the sophistication of crime.” He said.
Dalong who left the Prison Service twenty five years ago also expressed optimism that if appointed as minister of Interior, the prison will only be a familiar ground for him to soar.
In his speech, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji who was represented by Noah Auta, Director Para-Military in the Interior Ministry, expressed confidence that the graduands are well prepared for the overwhelming task ahead of them.
He said the expectation from the graduands is not only to a conceptual foundation as Prison Officers, but also to enhance their operational competence and technical ideas as regards addressing the challenges of the Prison Service.
“The job ahead of you as Prison Officers is no doubt a tasking one especially in the area of guaranteeing security for the entire citizenry through ensuring the safety and rehabilitation of inmates into the society after serving their jail terms.
“The nation is facing security challenges especially the insurgency being experienced in some parts of the country which has led to the closure of some prison formations across the country.
“The prison profession essentially demands absolute commitment, foresight, loyalty, perseverance and patriotism at all times to achieve its mandate.
“In this regards, the prison administration is striving within its available resources to ensure that structures and processes are put in place to enhance effective performance of all prison officials.” He added.
A total of one hundred and twenty two (122) officers were commissioned as ASP at the Prison Staff College Kaduna, ten (10) of which are foreign nationals from Republic of South Sudan and one hundred and twelve (112) Nigerians.