The British High Commission in
collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and the Ghana Prisons
Service on Wednesday the 15th of October 2014 launched the transformational
capacity building project at the Nsawam Prisons, Accra in a bid to support the
Ghana Prisons Service.
Speaking on the launch the Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Madam Matilda Baffuor-Awuah thanked and acknowledged the British government for their consistent support over the years.
She spoke of the project being aimed at improving the Prisons Service in three main phases. This includes building capacity of prisons staff, decongesting the prisons in the eastern, central and western parts of Ghana and finally improve on the healthcare conditions of inmates in Nsawam prisons. She also spoke of old and dilapidated prison conditions in Ghana which were Faced with lack of basic amenities like water and accommodation .According to her Nsawam prisons which used to have a state of the arts clinic was now in a bad shape and showed appreciation that it was being renovated by the British High Commission .
The Director-General of Prisons called upon and challenged corporate Ghana, other organizations and High Commissions to get involved in the quest for improving prison conditions across Ghana.
His excellence, Mr. Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to Ghana, in his speech commended the government of Ghana, the Ministry of Interior and Controller General of Prisons for responding to both local and International public concern about conditions in Ghana’s prisons. He said, ‘I particularly commend the Controller General of Ghana Prisons Service for setting up the transformational taskforce to address the issues raised by the UN special Rapporteur and the UK expert in the reports. He also mentioned that the transformational project was worth 485,000 and that 5,000 bed nets were also being given out to prisoners at Nsawam to reduce malaria. They were also to help reduce overcrowding in our prisons by funding ‘justice for all programs’ and also provide two new buses to transport inmates from Prisons to Courts.
He concluded that he was delighted the project will help Ghana fulfill its commitments to upholding the rights of all, tackling weaknesses that infringe the rights of already sentenced prisoners and also those awaiting trial.