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MY FIRST DAY AT THE PRISONS HEADQUARTERS
By: Sheku putka kamara -Intern prisons headquarters
Prisons headquarters is located at Jomo Kenyatta Road,
New England Freetown. It is adjacent the Sierra Leone broadcasting Corporation [SLBC] and opposite the Special Court of Sierra Leone. The outbreak of Ebola is certainly making the headlines at present and most institutions have restricted certain movements into their premises. With this present state, are they protected to do so or not? I think they are and the Sierra Leone prisons service is truly on tract when it decided to stop all forms of visits to the prison at present.
With this, I had an exclusive interview with some of their personnel.
The public relations officer of the Sierra Leone prisons Mr. Mohamed Jimmy was very much clear on the cancellation of all forms of visit at prisons when he was interviewed by Cotton tree news just recently. I clearly support the stance of the prisons because in this state of emergency, it is necessary for people to adhere to preventive measures and stopping all forms of visits at present is an absolute and called for measure to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus disease.
Other people might have opposing views to the content of this piece, but that is not the focus of this discourse. The fact that the Ebola outbreak in the sub-region of West Africa and Sierra Leone in particular has acted as a disruptive factor to the progress of most areas if not all ought not to be overemphasized.
Since the outbreak of this disease, most institutions have not been functioning effectively. I pray that we reach this state soonest. This article is a documentation of my first experience at the prisons headquarters.
EDITORíS NOTE: SHEKU PUTKA KAMARA IS A FINAL YEAR STUDENT OF THE MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT AT FOURAH BAY COLLEGE. HE IS PRESENTLY ON INTERNSHIP AT THE SIERRA LEONE PRISONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW ENGLAND, FREETOWN AND HE IS ATTACHED TO THE PRISONS PUBLIC RELATIONS WING.