A total of 500 Prison Support Staff (PSS) passed out yesterday, after the successful completion of a- five week training under the Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA), prison support module.
The PSS who formed the second batch to undergo the training by the Ghana Prison Service are to be deployed to various prisons in the country, to augment prison staff for a period of two years.
The Chief Executive Officer of YEA, Mr. Kobbina Beecham, speaking at the passing out ceremony, said government was committed to the reduction of the unemployment rate in the country through collaboration with public and private agencies.
“We have a total of 35,000 jobs to create in this third quarter and we are confident that through the strategic partnership we have developed, we will achieve our mandate”, he said.
Mr. Beechem entreated the graduates to put into good use the skills they have acquired in the course of training, in order to mitigate some of the challenges faced by the Prison Service and to excel in their chosen profession.
He admonished officers of the service to take the recruits through practical rudiments of the job to enable them integrate into the service with ease at the end of their attachment.
The Deputy Director of Prisons and Commandant of the Ghana Prisons Academy, Mr. Mark Agbosu urged the graduates to treat the inmates humanely and with respect.
“Being deprived of your freedom is already enough punishment so you are not to shout on the inmates or maltreat them so that you don’t increase their pain”.
He assured that those who distinguished themselves during the attachment would be absorbed into the service.
Three PSS, Grace Asasey, Francis Anyetei and Tovuor Maxwell received the excellence awards for their outstanding performance in the period of training.
Ms. Asasey, who emerged the first female in the order of merit, took the Commandant’s Awards, while Master Anyetei and Tovuor received the Best in Order of Merit and Best in Drill awards respectively.
By Abigail Annoh