The Deputy Controller General of Corrections (CD) Training and Staff Development, Lawrance Showumi Adewale, and the Assistant Controller General of Corrections Works and Logistics, Aminu Sule Zakirai, have bid farewell to the Nigerian Correctional Service after a meritorious service.
A send-forth reception was held in their honor at the National Headquarters Abuja and was filled with emotional recalls of their sojourn and working relationship with colleagues in the course of discharging their duties.
The Controller General of Corrections (CGC), Haliru Nababa, FICMC, MFR, mni, described them as "hardworking personnel and officers of excellence,’ and also congratulated them for bowing out of service gallantly without any dent on their records of service.
In response, Showumi appreciated the CGC and other colleagues, he admonished them not to be “eye service but heart service,” adding that he is leaving with joy that Nababa’s administration will give birth to a lot of development in the service. On his part, Zakirai advised his colleagues not to use their positions to abuse others and appreciated the CGC for the good working relationship. He went further and prayed for him to end well in the office as well.
The retiring superior officers served in different capacities. During their service years, DCG Showumi, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, was enlisted into the then Nigerian Prisons Service, as it was then known, on April 23, 1990, as Assistant Superintendent of Prisons I. He held several positions as officer-in-charge of medium-security custodial centres in Ikot-Abasi, Numan, and Otukpo at various times.
Showumi also served as Commandant of the Correctional Training College, Kirikiri, Lagos, and thereafter was posted to the National Headquarters, where he worked till his retirement. He attended all statutory courses, seminars, and conferences, both locally and internationally. He also several awards and honors while in active service.
ACG Zakirai joined the Service in 1990 as an Assistant Superintendent of Prisons I and rose through the ranks to the exalted rank of ACG. He served in various capacities, including as Officer-in-Charge of Medium Security Custodial Centers in Yola and Ganye, both in Adamawa State Command, Officer-in-Charge of Operations at the Zonal headquarters, Kaduna, as well as one-time Office Manager at the National headquarters.
Zakarai also attended all the requisite statutory courses, seminars, and conferences; he was ACG in charge of logistics until his retirement. The high point of the ceremony is the presentation of parting gifts to the retiring officers.