By; BENEDICT SUNDAY, Kaduna
The Controller General of Nigeria Prisons,. Alhaji Ahmed Ja’afaru has said that over five thousand personnel of the Nigeria Prisons Service have been promoted by the Federal Government as part of efforts to reposition the service for optimal productivity
The Controller General disclosed this during the graduation ceremony of the 9th Advance Command Course at Prisons Staff College. Barnawa, Kaduna States, Northwest Nigeria.
Represented by the Assistant Controller General of prison on administration. ACG Sylvester Nwakuche, the CG said 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 pre requisites for promotion in the service.
The Controller General, Alhaji Ja’afaru added that training and re training 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 were ongoing to construct prisons across the 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 continue 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 CG 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 in them by the management via their training
Thirty eight controllers of prisons from different commands across the country graduated from the six weeks advance command course at the prisons staff college kaduna, the college is said to be the one and only intellectual power house of the service that has trained and equipped thousands of prison officers from within and outside the country for effective service delivery.