Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI) mounted a parade farewell for 17 retirees and their family members on March 12, 2021 at CSSI Headquarter Rove, in Honiara.
According to the CSSI Act section 12(2) (f) the Minister may make regulations in respect of period of Service and retirement age of officers.
Speaking during the farewell parade, Commissioner of the Correctional Service Solomon Islands Mr Gabriel Manelusi says, “it’s a wonderful parade this morning for everyone to come out and wish and farewell our retired officers the best for the next chapter of their lives.
“This morning we have a very special parade and we will be recognising a group of CSSI officers who have served the organisation with long standing distinction and pride over many years throughout the course of their careers. We will present them the retirement certificates and plaques in commemoration of their outstanding service to the organisation and people of Solomon Islands.
“When you look back at the history of this organisation it is built on the hard work, determination and the courage of officers like those who are retiring today. On behalf of your CSSI colleagues here today and your colleague across the country and the grateful people of Solomon Islands, we congratulate you for your service and we say thank you.”
Manelusi reiterated in the context of Melanesian culture rooted in the life journey of Christianity, “if the CSSI organisation or individual officers offended you or your families we say ‘Sorry’ and seek your forgiveness, so that the organisation will travel with a new vision and changes that meet the need of our country. My work colleagues and retirees set godly example to our people around us, live a life of prayer and keep oneself spiritually and physically clean.
Meanwhile representative of the retired officers chief superintend William Aheia says, “I would like to say to all remaining officers, for you officers of CSSI there will always be challenges
“But we are here to serve our people, our country, our communities and our nation as a whole. We had run the race and reached the finishing line of our career journey. Let us always remind ourselves to be patient which will bring us to reach the top.”