The Nigerian Prisons Service, Yobe Command, in Damaturu, decorated 102 recently promoted officers.
Mr. Inuwa Abdullahi, Controller of Prisons in the state, said at the ceremony that some of them had been in a level for between 10 and 19 years.
He urged them to rededicate themselves to duty to justify their elevation. Mr. Abdullahi said the call was necessary to ensure that the command lived up to its responsibility considering the lingering security challenges facing the state.
He warned the officers against any act or words capable of compromising their operation.
“If you want to be relevant in the service, you must be diligent, honest, dedicated and committed to be able to succeed in this government,” he said.
He said, “it is unfortunate that promotion that was supposed to come after every two years was delayed for 10 to 19 years.”
He called on the officers and the Muslims in the country to use the month of Ramadan to pray to God to bring an end to the persistent insecurity in the North-East.
One of the newly promoted officers, Mrs. Laraba Sule, who had been an Inspector of Prisons since 1996, commended the service for the promotion.
Mrs. Sule attributed the delay in her promotion to lack of educational qualification and encouraged new officers in the service to develop themselves academically to avoid stagnation.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Ahmed Shu’aibu, Chief Inspector of Prisons, expressed their readiness to move the Nigerian Prisons Service to an enviable height.