The Prisons Service Council has held a durbar for Regional Commanders, Officers-in Charge, schedule heads and other ranks of the Ghana Prisons Service at the Prisons Interdenominational Church, to brief them on the soon to be launched ‘Efiase Project’ and a 10 year development plan of the Ghana Prisons Service.
In his opening address, Dr. Stephen Wengam, the chairman of Prisons Service Council explained that the ‘Efiase project’ is an initiative by the Prisons Service Council aimed at creating awareness of the deplorable prison conditions and to raise funds from corporate Ghana, institutions and individuals to improve the conditions of prisons and transform them into practicable reformation centres. He mentioned that the Council had already paid courtesy calls on the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, who will also be the special guest of honor at the launch, the Chief Justice, Attorney General, banks, Consulates and many other institutions to seek support for the initiative after the launch on 26th June 2015, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra.
Rev. Dr. Wengam mentioned that general infrastructural development projects in the form of prison structures, staff accommodation, construction of a hospital, increased agricultural activities, capacity building for staff, educational and skills training for inmates, as well as increase in feeding allowances of Prison inmates will be some of the benefits the ‘Efiase Project’ will bring to the Prisons Service and the nation as a whole.
He also acknowledged the former chair of the Prisons Service council, Mr. Benson Nutsupui, and his team for giving birth to project ‘Efiase’.
The Director-General of Prisons, Madam Matilda Baffour-Awuah, in her address was full of praise to the Service council for the hard work since their induction into office and was proud that the ‘efiase project’ had reached a crescendo for its launch. She entreated the Regional Commanders, Officers-in-charge and all officers to help champion the course of the project by marketing it and getting various stakeholders on board in order to ensure its success.
The chairman of the ‘Efiase Project’, Mr. Solomon Appiah, who is also one of the Presidents nominees on the Council, in his delivery reiterated that the ‘Efiase project’ and the 10 year strategic development plan of the Service is to elevate it from its current status to an internationally accepted standard. He admonished officers to do their best and own the project in order for it to succeed since it will be beneficial to them and the nation at large.
Mr. Appiah further mentioned that on the day of the launch of the project ‘Efiase’ and the 10 year strategic development plan, exhibitions of products from various Prison industries in Ghana will be on showcase.
Present at the durbar were members of the Prisons directorate, Service council members, Regional commanders, Officers in Charge, the clergy and other stakeholders of the Prisons Service.
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