FG inaugurates NCoS training college
The federal government on Tuesday inaugurated the Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS Training College in Kebbi State with the induction of the first set of 100 officers to be trained on basic handling of inmates for corrective measures.
The Commandant of the college, Hamisu Isa, who spoke at the start of the training in Makera, a suburb of the state capital, Birnin Kebbi, said the participants were drawn from various commands of the service and would undergo a three months training in the college.
Isa said apart from training on basic handling of inmates, the training, which was for Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (DSPs), would also enable the officers to acquire leadership skills.
“The service is now concerned with how to correct inmates on wrongdoings unlike in the past where inmates were subjected to all forms of hard labour. Stone breaking, cutting of grasses, firewood collection and a host of others, are some of the punitive measures, which are no longer part of the service,’’ the Commandant said.
“Government also realised that it’s only a waste of time feeding criminals and at the end, they go back to the same crime hence, the decision for the new reform.”
On his part, the state Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, expressed his government’s commitment to assist the service where necessary.
Bagudu said his government demonstrated commitment by donating a secondary school instead of a piece of land requested by the service for the establishment of the training college.
The Governor, represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad Argungu, described the citing of the College to Makera village ,Kebbi state out of seven states in the Northwest as an act of patriotism.
According to him, “I want to appreciate the immediate past Comptroller General of Correctional Center,Ahmad Jaafar for his patriotism of bringing this College to Kebbi state. When the former Comptroller General of Correctional Center wrote to the Governor seeking for a land to cite Correctional Training College, after the one in Kaduna state, immediately, we set up a Committee which the I Chair together with Commissioner of Police, Comptroller of Custom Service, Commandant of NDLEA, and representatives of Council of Chiefs.
” But, base of the law that establishing the Training College,it is stipulated that, the location should not go beyond 50 kilometres radius in between any Correctional Center that is available.
“We have selected five places which including Jega,Zauro, Makera. But because of the proximity of this place to Correctional Centre in Birnin Kebbi, and taking advantages of so many other things, we recommended this that the College should be situated here”, said.
He urged the participants who were draw from 36 states of Nigeria and FCT, to feel relax in Kebbi, acquire the new knowledge, their training which will lasted for three months, and impact positively to the inmates of their various States Correctional Centers.
” To the participants, I want to congratulate you for being the pioneer set of this College and it is my hope that the knowledge that you are going to acquire here, will be impacted on the inmates at your various state’s Correctional Centers”, he said.