CENTER OFFICIALLY OPENS
11 September 2007: The first Prison Training Center in southern
Sudan has been officially opened.
The Lologo Regional Training Center was inaugurated at a ceremony that
also saw the launch of the Prison Service training Programmeme for 55O former
soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army Officers (SPLA), who are
being transferred from the army to join the Prison Service. It is estimated
that the Prison Service will receive up to 1,500 former combatants over
the next six months.
In addition to re-orienting and training former combatants in a 3-month
orientation course, the training center will also be used as the site
for specialist training courses for the Prison Service. Courses offered
will include training of trainers, welfare officers, medical officers
and management training.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Director General of Southern Sudan Prison
Service, Major General Agasio Akol Tong, noted that the main focus of
the Prison Service was on human resource development which is meant to
encourage improved and efficient service delivery by Prison Service personnel.
He acknowledged the support of the international community in developing
the capacity of the Prison Service and noted that the service had been
adversely affected by the war. Despite the disruption caused by the war,
he added that efforts to address the setbacks would be aggressively promoted
by the Prison Service administration to improve delivery of service to
the public through intensive training of prison personnel.
is committed to supporting the building of effective and accountable governance
and rule of law institutions including as a priority, the modernization
and rapid expansion of the Prison Service,” said Deputy Country
Director and Head of UNDP Office in Southern Sudan, Mr. Jafet Enriquez
He announced that the Lologo training center was one of two Prison centers
that UNDP is constructing in Southern Sudan. The second Center will be
located in Rumbek, Lakes States.
The establishment of the training center is a significant step in providing
the Prison Service with capacity to accommodate the ranks of demobilised
SPLA soldiers into the Prison Service as a further step towards implementing
its training and capacity building Programmeme.
center has been constructed under UNDP’s Foundational Support to
the Prisons Services of Southern Sudan Project and is jointly funded by
the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) of the
Government of Canada and the UNDP. Training will be implemented by trainers
from the Prison Service and the UNMIS Rule of Law/Corrections team.
The project comes as a forerunner to the wider strategy to rehabilitate
the dilapidated infrastructure of the Prison Service that will be implemented
under the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF). The main focus will be the renovation
of existing Prison training facilities in two of the three regions in
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