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25 COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS & FIELD OFFICERS OF OYO STATE WERE TRAINED BY JDPC IBADAN, IN COLLABORATION WITH OYO STATE JUDICIARY

The year 2018 commenced on a positive note for the Community Service Officers (CSO) and Field Officers (FO), who were employed into the Oyo State Judiciary in 2017. The 25 newly employed officers received training and capacity building at the office of JDPC on Thursday, 18th January 2018, in what ended up being a very impactful Training / Capacity building workshop.

In his welcome address, the Director of JDPC Ibadan, Rev Fr. Ezekiel Owoeye, through his representative: Prince Adewale Irefin congratulated the Chief Judge of Oyo State and the Judiciary as a whole for the courage to embrace worthy reform, part of which has been clearly demonstrated by kick-starting the community service scheme in the state.

He recalled how the Justice, Development and Peace Commission, Ibadan embarked on the campaign for this laudable initiative in the year 2011 through her community service as alternative to imprisonment programme and the doggedness of the programme officers in successfully pushing through legislative & Judicial advocacy which resulted in the eventual enactment of the Community service Law and the subsequent Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Oyo State in 2016. He also enjoined the newly employed Community Service and field officers to be passionate about their assignment and chart a good cause, as they are the pioneer officers and their legacy is very important to the sustainability of the scheme in Oyo State.

The Deputy Chief Registrar for Probate and Community Service in Oyo State: Mrs. Olumide Ogunrin, in her introductory remarks, expressed great delight at the capacity building for the officers and appreciated JDPC Ibadan for the worthy collaborations and constant support for the Judicial arm of government in particular and the improvement of the Justice system in particular. She extolled the exemplary leadership of the Chief Judge: Hon. Justice M.L Abimbola.

The training, which had three training modules, was very interactive and highly demonstrative. A team of Community Service officers from Lagos State Community Service unit was present at the training workshop to give practical demonstration of the workings and challenges of community service supervision and monitoring. The field officers demonstrated the typical work of a community service officer as well as challenges often faced on the field.

The programme officer: Aderonke Ige Esq. enlightened the participants through an interesting and engaging power point presentation on “community service as a safe alternative sentencing, for simple offences”.

Through group activities, intellectual exercises and role plays all aided the practical learning of the community service officers on making their work effective and ensuring the efficiency and sustainability of the scheme in the State.

An overall assessment of the programme on the participants was measured with the use of pre and post workshop evaluation tools and the programme was found to have been hugely impactful and the objective of enlightenment and capacity building were achieved.