BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna
Apparently worried by the present conditions of the prisons and imprisonment in the country, the Controller- General of the Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) Ja’afaru Ahmed has said the goal of the NPS under his leadershup is to have a system that provides conditions of imprisonment above the mininum standard preacribed by the United Nations (UN).
According to the CG while declaring open a two-day workshop on innformation management for state controllers and public relations officers of the Nigerian prisons Service said, the feat of improving prisons and imprisonment is being achieved through the active support of the honourable Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahaman Dambazau rtd and the federal government which approved an upward review of budget allocation to address the myriads of challenges bedeviling the service.
” This singular approach coupled with prudent management of resources has changed the face of the Nigerian prisons service to the admiration of all and sundry” he said.
He therefore tasked the Controllers and PROs to always discharge their responsibilities professionally and always portray the image of the service in good light wherever the found themselves.
” As mouth piece of the service in your various commands, you owe it a duty to educate your colleagues on appriopriate means of channeling their grievances rather than resorting to the open media. We have tried to make flexible and expand official communication Channels by creating a Compliant Response Desk with dedicated lines and a number of personnel have leveraged on it to resolve issues”.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Centre for crisis communication Air Commodore Yusuf Anas(rtd), facilitator of the workshop which is themed: Application of social media in contemporary communication strategy, said, the workshop among others is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the target participants to use the instrumentality of the media-especially the social media to communicate the activities of the Nigerian prisons service and project its image.
He called on the executive governor’s of all the 36 states of the federation and the FCT to as a matter of priority include the prisons controllers in their states into their state security councils.
According to him, ” this is necessary because the Nigerian prison Service are also better placed in not only keep Nigerians safe from crime and criminality but also could provide very useful insights into causes of anti- social behaviour in our society”.