The government of Sierra Leone has supplied 22 vehicles to the Sierra Leone Correctional Service. The category of vehicles supplied include: three ambulances, six hiluxes, two prados, and eleven trucks.
Officially unveiling the vehicles, the Minister of Internal Affairs- Hon. Panda Noah said the government was aware of the numerous challenges faced by the SLCS.
Which is why in 2020, His Excellency the President Rt. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio ordered that a managerial assessment review of the Service be carried out.
“It was clear from the reports we got that across all Correctional Centres there was an acute shortage of vehicles. This ugly situation made it difficult to commute inmates to and from court in most Correctional Centres.”
He said the Julius Maada Bio led government “is committed in building trust between the citizenry and the security sector”.
The government is focused on ‘professionalising’ and de- politicising the forces for effective service delivery, according to the Minister.
Hon. Panda Noah assured of government’s commitment in taking deliberate steps in de- congesting Correctional Centres and instituting modern reforms in the Service.
Rising from his seat to deliver his address, the Director General of the SLCS- Mr. Joseph Lamboi said he was excited about the fact that “the transportation challenge which had plagued the department for so long has been ameliorated”.
Mr. Lamboi said he was grateful to the government for the gesture which the SLCS had been yearning for.
“This invaluable support is not only going to make our job easier, but it will also bring value to the department in the midst of our sister forces.”