The Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service- Mr. Joseph Lamboi has introduced a system that compels Officers- in- Charge of Correctional Centres in the country to give accounts of their work publicly, to both senior and junior officers alike.
This, according to Mr. Lamboi, is the new shape the once- in- a month town hall meetings are going to take. The town hall meeting used to be known as the ‘Director General’s parade’. It is through that platform that issues of importance are discussed among officers. In the past, the platform used to be dominated by the DG.
Addressing the gathering, the DG said he made unannounced visits to eight centres in the provinces, including centres in the north- east, one in the east, and one in the south.
He explained that his visit was inspired by the fact that he wanted to share experiences, views, and information with officers in those parts of the country, adding he took key messages to them.
“I told them that the former DG did a lot to place the SLCS on strong footing.
This new administration, however, can achieve much more through coordination and devotion. At the end of the day, if we succeed, the glory will be ascribed to every one of us.”
The DG revealed that centres which do not record escapes, deaths, disease outbreak, riots, and make payments into the government’s consolidated fund from the proceeds of community service or industrial work done by inmates, will be awarded at the end of the year.
Touching on the matter of Welfare Fund being credited on a monthly basis by officers, Mr. Lamboi said under his leadership, he will make sure officers enjoy its benefit while they are alive. He recalled that the money used to be made available to officers, only in time of trouble.