Concord Times (Freetown)

23 November 2012

Sierra Leone: 160 Senior Prisons Officers to Be Promoted

In order to reduce the workload of running 17 prisons offices across the country, the promotion list of 160 senior officers has been revealed.

Public Relations Officer of the National Prisons Service, Mohamed Jimmy Opito, told Concord Times that out of the 160 officers, four are Assistant Directors, two female Chief Superintendents, five Superintendents, 18 Assistant Superintendents, 22 Chief Officers Class One and 12 Deputy Superintendents.

In an exclusive interview with the Acting Director of the Sierra Leone Prisons, Sanpha Bilo Kamara, he disclosed that the promotion of these senior officers is based on the availability of vacant positions, qualifications and merits, noting that no promotion was made at junior level.

He further explained that the deployment of Assistant Directors at regional level will expedite the running of the prisons service which will enhance consensus decision-making at prisons headquarters across the country.

He reiterated that the promotion is geared towards the decentralization of the prisons services which he said will promote mutual respect and prompt contributions in effecting the desired transformation process in the Sierra Leone Prisons Service.

Nevertheless, the Acting Director expressed that he felt so elated about the recent promotion, stating among other things that it has impacted positively on the prisons service as it has motivated the officers to do their assignments with diligence and be result-oriented.

He also affirmed that there has been no jail break and no prisoner has escaped from any prisons throughout the country. He said their contribution to the just concluded elections was outstanding as their presence was felt by the general public seeing them working alongside other security personnel in manning polling stations right across the country.

On the same token of restructuring the prisons service, he intimated this medium that under his directorate, the service has gotten a primary school about a year ago, being the first in the history of the prisons service in the country, which he said was not only built for prisons personnel's children but also for the children of prison inmates.

He noted that the primary school has classes from nursery to class four. Presently, the prisons service is on the threshold of establishing the Sierra Leone Prisons Primary School website which will update the general public on its activities in the not too distant future.

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