By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
Controller General of Nigerian Prisons Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed has debunked the rumours going round, that his administration had diverted the salary meant for the staff of the prisons services and expressed his deep concerns and that of the management over the allegation.
He debunked the allegation on Thursday during the two-day workshop on information management for state controllers and public relations officers of the Nigerian Prisons Service held at Prisons Staff College, Barnawa, Kaduna State with the theme “Application of social media in contemporary communication strategy” adding that the wrong use of the social media platforms to castigate the Service and spread unfounded information, regrettably by some staff members is not good enough for the progress and development of the organization.
He lamented that this is most unfortunate and unpatriotic, particularly as some of the posts are not only offensive but also capable of exposing the service to grave security risks and hoped that the workshop will inject some professional touches to better management of social media platforms in order to project the image of the Nigerian prisons service.
Controller-General of Prisons Service further advised that the Nigerian prison staff members as mouthpieces of the service in their various commands owe it a duty to educate their colleagues on appropriate means of channeling their grievances rather than resorting to the open media, pointing out that the organization had tried to make flexible and expand official communication channels by creating a complaint response desk with dedicated lines and a number of personnel have leveraged on it to resolve issues.
He however said that the goal of the Nigerian Prisons Service under his leadership is to have a system that provides conditions of imprisonment above the minimum standard prescribed by the united nations and that the federal government had approved an upward review of budget allocation to address the myriads of challenges facing the Nigerian prisons service saying that this singular approach coupled with prudent management of resources had changed the face of the Nigerian prisons service to the admiration of all and sundry.
“it is relevant to state that within two years of my leadership as the Controller-General of Prisons, we have taken active steps to provide operational vehicles in order to improve access to justice for those awaiting trial and improved on the quality of prisons cells by renovating old ones and constructing new ones. We have also embarked on office and barracks renovations and procured large quantity of assorted drugs.” he added.