A total of 37 Deputy Controllers of Prison (DCP) on Friday completed an eight-week advanced management training aimed at repositioning correctional services.
The 11th DCP Command Course was held at the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) Academy, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State.
Speaking at the passing out parade of the participants, Comptroller General of NPS, Ja’afaru Ahmed, said that human capital development remained the most veritable tool and greatest asset of any organisation.
He said that the NPS was committed to maintaining a well-trained, competent workforce with the requisite capacity to enthrone best practices.
“You will agree with me that in the last two and half years, in addition to human capital development, NPS has been going through massive physical infrastructural development in our prison commands nationwide.
“Renovation and building of 3000-capacity prison in Kano and other locations across the country is on going, along side repositioning of our prisons staff college to an international standard as well as changing the face of NPS headquarters,” Ahmed said.
Represented by Chuks Victor Uche, Assistant Controller General (ACG) Zone A in charge of Lagos and Ogun States, Ahmed commended participants for their hard work and commitment during the course.
The Commandant of the Academy, Mr Oluwayiopese Benson, in his address, appealed to the host community to support the institution to attain its desired status and attract correctional practitioners from Africa and beyond.
Benson urged the graduands to show exemplary leadership and work very hard to add value to the service in the discharge of their duties.
According to him, the service expects nothing than the best from them after going through a comprehensive course at the academy.
DCP Freedman Ben-Rabbi, leader of DCP Course 11 participants, urged community leaders, politicians and Individuals to partner with the NPS to revamp the academy to be at par with global standard.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, the overall best student of the course, DCP Unazi Ogaba, urged his colleagues to use the lessons acquired at the academy to transform the prisons.
Among dignitaries at the passing out ceremony were the Ijebu-Igbo monarch, Oba Ibitoye Sholaja and Chairman, Ijebu-Igbo North Local Government, Mr Adebayo Ademola.
Others were Prof. Adeniyi Ogunfowora, Taiye Solarin University of Education, Prof. Bilesanmi Awoderu and Rector, Abraham Adesanya, among others.
The monarch congratulated the participants and commended the NPS for siting the prisons academy in the community, adding that it has improved commercial activities in the area.