The Ghana Prisons Service Council has paid a courtesy call on His Excellency John
Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House to update the presidency on measures adopted in addressing the challenges of the country’s
prisons. The Council also unveiled plans for the launch of ‘Efiase’ project, and a ten-year strategic development plan for the
Project ‘Efiase’ is an initiative of the Prisons Service Council to create awareness about prison conditions and raise funds from corporate Ghana, institutions and individuals to improve the conditions of prisons and transform them into reformation centres.
At the moment, the prisons house people from diverse backgrounds and by accident anybody at all can find himself there.
Welcoming the Council members in his office, the President lauded the 6th Prisons Service Council for their initiative and exceptional leadership after which he accepted an invitation to the launch of ‘Efiase’ project scheduled for 26th June, 2015.
He, therefore, indicated his plans of commencing a familiarisation tour of some selected prisons in the country to have a feel of the conditions of prison inmates. This, according to the President, forms part of government’s programme to decongest prisons in the country, and to commit resources aimed at improving conditions of the Prisons Service as a whole.
Upon the request of the Prisons Service Council, the President promised to deliver two ambulances to enhance the operations of the Ghana Prisons Service. He also stated government’s preparedness to review the inmates’ feeding fee of GH¢1.80 per an inmate in due course.
The Chairman of the Prisons Service Council, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wengam, briefed the President on some of the activities carried out by the Council since its induction. He commended government for funding the construction of Ghana’s only ultramodern prison – the Ankaful Maximum Prison in the Central Region.
He also acknowledged government for migrating the entire prison personnel onto the Single Spine Salary Structure, the recent promotions of senior officers by the President, and approval of public-private partnership in the Prisons Service to spearhead development in diverse ways.
Rev. Dr. Wengam reiterated that a ten-year strategic development plan for the Ghana Prisons Service will be launched alongside on 26th June, 2015, the same day the ‘Efiase’ project will be launched. He, therefore, thanked His Excellency the President of Ghana for accepting the invitation to the launch.
On behalf of the Prisons Service Council, Chairman Wengam, presented a documentary on the state of prisons titled: “Locked and Forgotten” and a smock woven by prison inmates to President Mahama as a gift from prisoners.
Other Council members who were present at the Flagstaff House included, the Director-General of Prisons, Madam Matilda Baffour-Awuah; Nana Baffour Okumanin, President’s nominee on the Council; Mr. Solomon Appiah; also a nominee of the President; Deputy Director of Prisons, Mr. LKA Ansah; Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Adusei, President of the Ghana Medical Association; Superintendent Charles Ameyaw, Secretary of the Council; and Senior Chief Officer, Mr. Salifu Aduna.