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UK Army Engineers construct borehole in Bo prison

By Tiva Ansumana in Bo

A specialist team of UK Army Royal Engineers are currently constructing a borehole at the Bo states prison at Kortigbuma section in Bo.

Speaking to our correspondent, team leader and site commander, Corporal Stewart Diffus, said the team of was inspired to undertake the  project following an assessment two years ago, when the contingent was in Sierra Leone  to visit border crossing points at Gbalamuya in Kambia, and to access assess military barracks in the country.

Corporal Diffus disclosed that the team is working in tandem with the Sierra Leone Police and Prison Services, and had already completed constructing six boreholes in Magburaka, Mafanta,  Makeni, Waterloo and Kissy in Freetown, and would head to Lunsar to implement similar   project after the completion of the Bo prison water projects.

Responding to questions on the utilisation of the water from the constructed borehole, Officer-in-Charge of the Bo state prison, John A. Kamara, said the water will be used by inmates and members of the community, including prison officers. He says the availability of a borehole close to the prison cells would help prevent prisoners escape, a development he said was a huge relief to prison guards.

Kamara used  the opportunity  to appeal  to well-meaning organisations and the government  to make provision for skills training for inmates, in order that the prison is considered a correction centre rather than a  punishment centre, as perceived  by many.

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