By Abdullahi Tukur
About One Hundred officers of the Nigeria Correctional Service from across the country to commence the first set of the DSP
Development Course at the newly established Training College at Makera in Kebbi State.
Speaking at the opening of the training, the College Commandant, Hamisu Isa, said the school was initiated and set up by the former Controller General of the Service, Jafar Ahmed, upon realisation of the backlock of untrained personnel and the schools meant to take care of that were over crowded.
He explained that the college was also established to embark on teaching new technics on how to handle inmates.
“There is a new trend on how you handle criminals, in the past it used to be punitive. To ask one to break stones, to collect firewood, to cut grasses and at the end of the day when you discharge them they still go back to their normal life”- Isa said.
He described as pathetic and a waste of time, feeding criminals for a period of time and still go back to their same position.
Isa Said, the three-months course will be conducted by officers not below the rank of Deputy Supritendant of Prisons and would also serves as requisite qualification for promotion of officers of the service.
The College Commandant, who warned against indiscipline by any of the trainees, threatened to suspend anyone found wanting during the training period.
He therefore called on the trainees to concentrate on what they were being taught.
Isa however, appreciated the Kebbi state government for providing conducive environment for the training and befitting structure that serves permanent site of the college.
In a remark, the Governor of Kebbi State Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, represented by the Chief of Staff Government House, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad Argungu, commended the immediate past Controller General of the Nigeria Correctional Service for siting the school in the state.
While congratulating the pioneers of the training school, the Governor Bagudu expressed optimism that the knowledge to be acquire by the traineers would be imparted on the inmates at the correctional centers.
The Acting Kebbi State Commandant, Nigeria Correctional Service, Richard Yashim, draw the attention of the trainees on the need to abide by the rules and regulations of the college during the period of the course.