By Josepher Mbako Zakah*
The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice in charge of Penitentiary Administration, Doh Jerome Penbaga, has reiterated the importance of Human rights promotion and protection in Cameroon prisons.
Mr. Penbaga laid the emphasis in Buea, last Friday September 16, during the graduation and epaulet-award ceremony of some 389 trainees from the National School of Penitentiary Administration, ENAP Buea, which he chaired.
|Graduates( kneeling) receive epaulets from officials|
He noted that one of the functions of prison administrators is never to torture inmates, but rather to help transform and prepare them for social reinsertion in society.
The Secretary of state, who hailed the various categories of graduates, implored them to be assiduous and disciplined to attract more successes in their career.
“The force of any armed forces is discipline. The Penitentiary Administration is enriched by 389 staffers. We are grateful because the work in the field is too much”, he told the press, noting that the graduation of the trainees came shortly after Cameroon adopted a new penal code, with alternative imprisonment terms.Mr. Penbaga assured that once the text of application for the new modalities is available they will be respected.
He said the specialization by ENAP trainees in domains such as health and agriculture is in line with Cameroon government’s resolve to professionalize penitentiary administration and rehabilitate the 79 prisons in Cameroon.
“These personnel with different specialties besides increasing the manpower in our prisons have contributed strongly in the realization of various rehabilitation works in the 79 prison establishments that are operational in the country”, the Secretary of State said
For her part, Administrator-General of Prisons and ENAP Director Mrs. Fonkem nee Immaculate Manyi Fofung, congratulated the graduates, urging them to serve and remain good ambassadors of the school.
The 389 graduates were of seven different batches: the 8th Batch of Trainee Administrators of Prisons, 14th Batch of Trainee-Superintendent of Prison, the 7th Batch of Student-Administrators of prison, the 2nd Batch of Student-Administrators of prison civil engineers, 8th Batch of student superintendents of prison, 3rd Batch of student superintendent of prison state-registered nurses and 10th Batch of student -prison warders.
Chief warder Mr. Nkelewa Christian told The Recorder that, the ENAP graduates are expected to be job-placed two weeks after their passing out from the school.
Some dignitaries who witnessed the colorful graduation included Southwest Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai and the mayor of Buea,Ekema Patrick.
*Josepher Mbako Zakah is a University of Buea Journalism intern