- 15 August, 2017: The Mechanical Workshop in the compound of the Beau Bassin prison, built in 1962, has been upgraded and renovated to the tune of some Rs 642,600 under the “Enhancement of Work Environment Programme” (EWEP) of the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms.
In that context, an inauguration ceremony was held yesterday in the presence of the Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms, Mr Eddy Boissézon, and the Commissioner of Prsions, Mr P. Appadoo.
In his address, Minister Boissézon underscored that government is committed to provide decent workplaces to officers in line with occupational safety and health standards. In this context, he underlined, that the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms has been assisting Ministries and Departments through the EWEP for carrying out general infrastructural improvement works with a view to improve service delivery.
He stated that over the years, EWEP has greatly contributed in upgrading and modernising the physical and structural layouts of several workplaces across the Civil Service thus rendering the work environment more conducive for better performance by officer. Each year, he pointed out, a budget under the Occupational Safety and Health Programme is allocated to fund safety and health related projects for Ministries/Departments and so far, 110 million has been released to fund 522 projects.
Speaking about safety and health in the workplace, Mr Boissézon appealed to his officers to play a more proactive role in the identification and elimination of safety hazards. We cannot afford to put the lives and health of our civil servants at risk in their workplaces, he reiterated.
For his part, the Commissioner of Prisons, Mr P. Appadoo, pointed out that under the EWEP, the Mauritius Prison Service has benefited from several projects. They are: the purchase of solar water heaters to the tune of Rs 453, 600; renovation of mess room at Grand River Northwest Remand at the cost of Rs 97, 926; the acquisition of three air conditioning units for Rs 84,180 and purchase of first aid boxes for Rs 8,400.
Referring to the renovated mechanical workshop, the Commissioner of Prisons highlighted that the work environment for detainees and prison officers is now more conducive and safe. The mechanical workshop, he pointed out, is important for the rehabilitation of detainees since it promotes the training of inmates in the mechanical field.
The new mechanical complex
The workshop, manned by Mauritius Prison Service officers and detainees, is used to conduct maintenance and the repairs of vehicles. The new complex consists of the Mechanical Workshop on the ground floor and the floor comprises the Transport Section Office, Store, Locksmith, kitchen, Mess room, Locker Room, and Lying Room for staff. Works started in the year 2016 and ended mid-2017.
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