Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), an NGO, on Tuesday commenced a five-day training for correctional service instructors on effective implementation of non-custodial measures.
ROYAL NEWS reports that more than 40 correctional service instructors are participating in the workshop underway at the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) Academy, Ijebu Igbo, Ogun.
ROYAL NEWS reports that the training was jointly sponsored by the European Union (EU), The British Council and Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre (ROLAC).
Speaking at the workshop, Dr Ugu Agomoh, Coordinator of PRAWA, said that the training was to enable correctional officials to understand community correction and educate others on how to supervise people that had been sentenced by court on non-custodial measures.
Agomoh added that the workshop would be followed up with online training to educate officers more on the subject matter and urged them to put into practice all they had learned during the programme.
“Apart from enlightening them in the provision of the NCoS Act, we are also making them to understand community correction as trainers.
“The key thing is that they were being trained as trainers so that they can train officers who come in and more people will be aware of non-custodial measures,” she said
The Controller-General of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), Ja’afaru Ahmed, said human capacity development remained one of the top priorities in the service to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019.
Ahmed, represented by Lawal Audu, Assistant Controller General in charge of training, commended PRAWA on their efforts in training the officers and urged the participants to be committed and take full advantage of the opportunity.
“As part of its efforts to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019, the leadership of the NCoS places emphasis on training of trainers.
“All participants at the training organised by PRAWA are enjoined to make maximum use of the opportunity by paying full attention to effective implementation of the new Act,” Ahmed said.
Also the commandant, Correction Academy, ACG Amaliri Ifeanyi, said that the training was aimed at repositioning the service in line with the new Correctional Service Act of 2019.
He advised participants to utilise the opportunity and learn what the new order is in order to walk shoulder high among their colleagues, having been privileged to train first.
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