Minister promises salary increases for prison officers

first_imgAt a time where smuggling of contraband has peaked to its highest in recent days, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has given his word to increase the salaries of prison officers, in an effort to stamp out corruption in the prisons.The Minister gave this applauded assurance at a recent ceremony at the heels of comments emanating from the Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels. According to Samuels, prison officers are being disrespected.“For too long the prison officers have not been given the respect they deserve, while the present remuneration package which can do with some improvement, honourable Minister, I thank Almighty God daily for all the good purpose-driven officers in our midst who continue to work against all odds,” he said.When Minister Ramjattan took to the podium, he said he will make sure the issue of a proper remuneration for prison officers is raised with his fellow lawmakers in Parliament.“There is a lobby, yes we can do with a little bit more salaries, that’s a big lobby and I will behave like a politician here and say ‘yes I promise that will be done’. I must say that it’s (the prison service) probably the most difficult of jobs, especially in the context of salaries that you get. It is difficult…and rest assured, I will, I as Minister am going to make the lobby at the relevant places, Office of the Presidency and especially Minister of Finance, that we have a better day,” he said.His statements come at a time where only recently, the PSC raised concerns about the low wages being received by not only prison officers, but Police Officers in Guyana.According to that body, the low income being received by these Government workers, contributes to them participating in illicit acts to earn an extra dollar.It was recently reported that some 28 prison officers were dismissed after being involved in the smuggling of contraband at the various prisons. A number of illegal weapons and substances have been discovered in recent days.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Monday July 30 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWhittier police arrest two men with 33-pound bag of methAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerWhittier Police arrested two men who allegedly possessed a backpack filled with 33 pounds of methamphetamine Thursday.Six suspects in custody in connection with North Pole murderDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksSeveral suspects are in custody in connection with a North Pole murder.Construction company says its truck didn’t drop deadly rockAssociated PressA company working on road reconstruction on an Alaska highway south of Anchorage says its gravel trucks were not responsible for the rock that hit a car and killed an 8-year-old boy inside.Alaska House primary has the most candidates in 22 yearsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe competition is mostly within the Republican Party.Taixtsalda Hill wildfire likely human-caused, officials sayDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksOfficials suspect that the 15,000-acre Taixtsalda Hill wildfire near Tok is human-caused. Fire information officer Jim Schwarber says lightning does not appear to be a factor in the blaze which started May 23rd.After deadly bear attack, hikers in Eagle River weigh risksEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIf you live in Alaska, you live in bear country. While the risk of a bear encounter or attack is low, there’s always a chance the worst could happen.Value of Bristol Bay salmon rises, even as the fish shrinkAustin Fast, KDLG – DillinghamBristol Bay’s strong salmon returns stand in stark contrast to other parts of Alaska where the fish have trickled in slowly or seemingly not at all. Statewide, though, fish of all species are coming in smaller.Halibut dock prices rebound, but upswing may not lastAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerHalibut ex-vessel prices are seeing a slight uptick around the state, which is good news for some fishermen after prices fell about $2 per pound at the beginning of the season.ALASKAbuds signs lease to house Bethel’s first cannabis shopAnna Rose MacArthur. KYUK – BethelThe ink is drying on a lease that could house Bethel’s first cannabis shop. The owner of an Anchorage marijuana store wants to expand his business to Bethel and bring Alaska’s booming cannabis industry to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.International journalist exchange brings Pakistani reporters to Anchorage TV stationLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTwo young journalists from Pakistan completed their assignments in Anchorage last week. Tarhub Asghar and Shaista Mairaj spent three weeks at an Anchorage Fox News affiliate as part of an international journalism exchange through the U.S. State and Education Departments.last_img read more

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