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The Controller-General, Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS), Alhaji Ja’afaru Ahmed, has said human capacity development remains one of the priorities in the ongoing prison reform programmes.

This, he said, would ensure effective service delivery.

Ahmed spoke in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State, at the passing out ceremony of 28 deputy controllers of prisons from the Prison Academy.

Represented by the Assistant Controller-General, Zone A (in charge of Lagos and Ogun states), Mr. Chuks Uche, the controller-general said his administration had identified training and retraining of personnel as the bedrock of good penal practice.

He said no fewer than 12,000 officers and men of the NPS had gone on training and refresher courses since his assumption of office three years ago.

Ahmed said efforts were on to review and update the curriculum being used by the Prison Academy, in line with international best practices in the correctional service.

He said NPS procured and distributed operational vehicles between 2016 and 2019 to facilitate the producing of awaiting trial persons in court as and when due.

The controller-general said more than 218 prison blocks and cells had either been built or renovated across the country.

He urged the participants to justify the Federal Government’s investment in the NPS by being more committed to their work at their duty posts.

Ahmed said the challenges faced by the academy were being addressed.

The Commandant of the Prison Academy, Controller of Prison (CP) Oluwayiopese Benson, congratulated the participants on their successful completion of the training, which, he said, was designed to measure their career progression.

He advised them to impact on their subordinates and mentor them to bring about a more efficient, effective, proactive and responsive prison service that would be better appreciated by Nigerians and others.

The overall best student, Deputy Controller of Prisons (DCP) Babafemi Jaiyeola, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, promised that they would make use of the knowledge acquired at their formations.

He enjoined the Federal Government to upgrade the academy so that prison services from other African countries will patronise it for the training of their officers.

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