The Board of Directors of the National School for Penitentiary Administration (ENAP), Buea, has resolved to enter into partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education to foster quality training for those in charge of reforming prisons. The Board equally frowned at indiscipline in ENAP and cautioned the school management to be more vigilant against unruliness, especially as a new intake is currently undergoing entrance requirements.
The Board met in Buea on 10 June 2016 in its 27th ordinary session and considered cases of indiscipline. As a former colonial Prison Warder School transformed into ENAP in 1992, the worry about indiscipline in the 24-year-old school followed the recent dismissal of four students for gross indiscipline by the Minister of State, Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals. The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice in charge of the Penitentiary Administration, Doh Jerome Penbaga, sat in for the titular Minister at the meeting.
The salient points on the agenda included the day-to-day running of the school, improvement of the school curriculum, the general well-being of students and staff, ENAP’s budget and its projected new site at Lysoka, Buea. Penbaga expressed satisfaction with ENAP staff and Director, Fonkem Immaculate, for working tirelessly in spite of insufficient resources. He underscored that the architectural work was on course to move ENAP to its new site at Lysoka, Buea.
Board members evaluated activities and appraised the level of implementation of recommendations from the preceding 26th Ordinary Session of the Board. The Board further resolved to sign an agreement in the days ahead with the Ministry of Higher Education to foster quality training of penitentiary personnel. This falls in line with the new vision of the State regarding penitentiary reforms. The National School for Penitentiary Administration has as main mission the training and retraining of penitentiary personnel, with the Board of Directors as the highest administrative organ. It has a current enrolment of 585 students and 74 staff.