A proud day for the National Prisons Service of South SudanFeb 26, 2016
The Vocational Training Workshops at Juba Central Prison were bustling with activity as the newly renovated facilities were launched with enthusiastic support by National Prisons Service of South Sudan on Thursday.
On hand for the official proceedings were Hon Acting Minister of Interior and Wildlife Conservation General Achuil Tito Madut, NPSSS Director General Gen. Henry Aguar Kuany, UNDP Country Director Balázs Horváth, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, development partners and senior officials from the prisons, police, and organized forces.
“This is indeed a red letter day in the history of the NPSSS, of which the entire service can be justifiably proud,” said UNDP Country Director Balázs Horváth.
Sounds of tinkering echoed into the courtyard as inmates tried their hands at carpentry, masonry, electrical engineering, welding, vehicle mechanics, agriculture, hair dressing and tailoring. UNDP’s Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project provided support to the NPSSS in the construction of the vocational training workshops as a pilot. If the vocational training workshops at Juba Central Prison are successful, the project plans to rollout similar workshops in the remaining nine state prisons in South Sudan.
“It was very heartening to see our year-long efforts bear fruit. What was most encouraging was the interest taken by the National Prisons Service to take the lead on all the activities,” said UNDP Chief Technical Advisor Surendra Kumar Sharma. “We hope this support in critical areas will help in enhancing accountability of NPSSS, improve inmate care, and facilitate rehabilitation of inmates. We hope to replicate the success of this project to other locations.”
The gathered dignitaries toured the facility, talked to instructors and students, and received a full demonstration of the new process for issuing personnel ID cards.
“This exercise will help us determine the exact number of personnel on the rolls of the prisons and remove those whose details cannot be verified. This will also help in cleaning up the payrolls. I will recommend that henceforth personnel will need to produce their ID cards to receive their salary,” said Gen. Madut.
UNDP supplied five ID card printing machines and accessories required to provide ID cards to all 18,000 prison personnel in South Sudan.
“It is heartening to see that the entire exercise is being led and conducted by the NPSSS,” said Gen. Kuany.
At the conclusion of the tour, leaders officially launched the Inmate Statistics Report for 2014 and 2015. The Inmate Statistics Report can be used as a tool for planning and improving inmate care for approximately 6,500 inmates in prisons in South Sudan.
“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Netherlands for their generous support to the prisons service,” said Gen. Madut.