Outgoing Commissioner of the Correctional Services of Solomon Islands (CSSI) Gabriel Manelusi paid a courtesy visit to farewell the Commandant, Staff and inmates at Tetere Correctional Centre on Friday 11th Nov.
During the meeting, the outgoing commissioner expressed his gratitude to the Commandant, Staff, Inmates and landowners for their cooperation during his three years in the office.
In his farewell remarks, Gabriel Manelusi said, the day indeed marks a farewell ceremony for him and his wife, and be the last time he will address them as the outgoing Commissioner CSSI.
Manelusi is indeed proud of his tenure and that he had served well to the best of his ability. It was very much under his watch, apart from ongoing challenge faced by our global communities that do faced by Correctional Centres across the country, even there were no deaths recorded during the COVID-19 within our Centres
Commissioner Manelusi said that despite the COVID-19 battle, a lot of progress has been made in strengthening corrections mindset, safety, care, rehabilitation and human rights for our officers, over the last three years.
“But I will not conceal my concerns about the future of corrections mindset, care, safety, rehabilitation and human rights, has grown over the past years by reviewing our training syllabus, governance, SIBC radio educational talk, infrastructure projects, Ombudsman’s training, on the job training, English training, investigations training, IPAM and others”. Manelusi stated in his remarks.
Other progress tasked is developing the HRDP/Succession plan 2023 recently endorsed by NMT. Scheme of Services requested a consultant to review the draft document prepared by working group. CSSI, Ministry, RSIPF, revised the MOU with QCS, which is now ready for signing early next year by our new Commissioner. Director training and Director Infrastructure positions are currently being advertised. My Executive intent to recruit a qualified engineer and architect for Director Infrastructure for next year, we do recruited specialists officers , nurses, occupational safety officers, dietitians, drivers, and infrastructure officers, those are the changes we slowly progress in the Organisation.
“I have urged from the start that the full range of corrections mindset, safety, care and human rights – economic, social and cultural as well as civil and political, must be our goal. We need a rounded corrections mindset, safety, care, rehabilitation and human rights agenda, which takes account of the needs of all. May I add that, it is a most valuable asset in the fight against human behaviours”, Manelusi said.
Commissioner Manelusi said our mandate is to give leadership in corrections, safety, care, rehabilitation and human rights, and I am glad we are doing so by being operational in the services we provide. Do maintain high our standards, not to let us down. Raise the standards and discipline and be a role model officer, being punctual at all times, since we are all accountable to God.
As a result, good relationships and working together between the Commissioner and TCC management and inmates have reached a new height. They have expanded in various fields, farming and investment, TCC Commandant Machaiah responded so.
The Commandant, with sincere honour, thanked the outgoing Commissioner for all his successful endeavours within the Correctional Services in our beloved Solomon Islands.