The government plans to hire over 1,000 prison officers.
Vice President Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, who is also the Chairman of the Correctional Service Council, told members of the Sierra Leone Correctional Services that the government is currently recruiting 1,000 officers. According to the VP, recruitment will help to alleviate the service's human resource shortage.
The Vice President took advantage of the opportunity to highlight the government's efforts to resolve persisting difficulties in the security sector's welfare and operational capacities, including infrastructure development.
The VP emphasized the continuous compensation rise of security sector staff, as well as the purchase of vehicles and motorcycles to improve sector mobility, including the purchase of a 22-new vehicle fleet for correctional services. The Vice President announced the government's plans and efforts to relocate the present Pademba Road Correctional Facility to Songo.
While appreciating the prison officers for their unwavering service in a difficult environment, he warned them against indiscipline and disrespect for the law. He was categorical that "the council would not accept any acts of indiscipline, including the trafficking of illicit products." According to the VP, this will not only result in instant dismissal under the law, but also in criminal prosecution.
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