The Review Officer, Honourable Baba Jamal, inspecting parade at the passing out ceremony
Four hundred and ninety-eight participants of the Prisons Module Three under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), have passed out as Prisons Support Staff (PSS) to offer basic assistance to the Prisons Service in its bid to reform, rehabilitate, and ensure the safe custody and welfare of prison inmates.
Reviewing the parade at the Prisons Officers’ Training School at Roman Ridge in Accra recently, the Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Honourable Baba Jamal Mohammed Ahmed, was delighted for the colourful display of drill skills on the parade, and noted that, “with the level of knowledge and discipline you have exhibited today, we are convinced you will exhibit same on the field by working hard to make us more proud”.
He added that, the government has currently exceeded the employment target of 10,000 youths for the programme for the year 2016 by about seventy percent, but said that was not much of a worry, as the government is bent on providing employment to the youth in the country.
The parade, unlike as done in other security services, was led by the graduands themselves. They were the commanders, supernumeraries, and orderlies. This feat they achieved was through the hard work of their drill instructors led by RSM Isaac Adu Sarkwah, assisted by Sergeant Richard Akoto Sarkodie.
The five weeks training in basic prison duties saw the participants being taken through topics such as Interpersonal Skills, Security, Searches and Escorting, Inmates and the Prison Environment, Overview of the Ghana Prisons Service, Prison Gate Duties, First Aid, and Prisoner Disturbances.
The Best in Order of Merit Award went to PSS Yesutor Agbeyome, the Commandant’s Award went to female PSS Patricia Asiedu, and the Best in Drill Award went to PSS Peter Atsu Amanyo.
Other dignitaries present at the ceremony were Mr. Kwame Kumah Kpeli, the Director of Prisons in charge of Human Resource Development; Mr. Mark KA. Agbosu, the Commandant of the Training School; Alhaji Sulemana Ibrahim, the Director of Technical Services of YEA; and Mr. Aziz Achuliwor, the Volta Regional Director of YEA.
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