The Ghana Prisons Service in collaboration with the Prisons Ministry, Church of Pentecost,
Methodist Church and the Korean Church in Ghana has held a three day Chaplains’ and Imams’ residential annual retreat at the Church
of Pentecost conference hall in Tesano, Accra.
The retreat, which comes under the theme “Being a Good Steward of God in My Time”, is aimed at bringing together both internal and external religious stakeholders of the Ghana Prisons Service to help improve reformation and rehabilitation of inmates.
In her address, the Director General of the Ghana Prison Service (DGP), Madam Matilda Baffour- Awuah emphasized that as one of the key stakeholders in the criminal justice system, the Prison Service has a mandate to ensure the safe custody, reformation and rehabilitation of inmates in its care. She mentioned that the chaplaincy undoubtedly, has a vital role to play by contributing to rebuilding the conscience of prison inmates as long as the process of the inmates’ reformation and rehabilitation is concerned. Madam Baffour-Awuah mentioned that presently, there are bible schools in some of the Prisons with chaplaincy units established in all the Prisons. “There is also an inductive centre where first offenders are screened to know their problems and the appropriate classification made to see to their reformation and rehabilitation” she disclosed.
The Secretary General of the church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi Larbi, in his address noted that, the chaplaincy of the Ghana Prisons Service should be guided by contentment, integrity and faithfulness in the discharge of its duties since its plays an important role in the lives of the prisoners’ reformation and rehabilitation. He added that initiatives of this kind will go a long way to improve the lives of the inmates which is the main reason for organizing the programme. He further advised the prison chaplains to be strong adherents of the prison code of ethics.
Rt. Rev. M. A Bossman, presiding Bishop of the Methodist church, Koforidua diocese opined that the clergy should take up the challenge of proclaiming the word of God to ‘our brothers and sisters who find themselves in the prisons by bringing them closer to God’. He also advised his colleagues present to embrace the challenge of praying for Gods favour and guidance for the Prisons Service after launching the retreat and hoped it becomes an annual event.