The Western Regional commander, DCOP Josephine Fredua Agyemang(Mrs), has
hosted a seventeen member delegation from the Greater Accra and Western regional branches of Ladies of the Full Gospel
Business Men’s Fellowship International.
The National Coordinator of the Ladies of the Fellowship, Mrs Felicia Gbesemate, in her address pointed out that the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is a non-denominational fellowship whose membership comprises people who are gainfully employed and have the commitment to evangelism and charity work. She said, “the purpose of our visit is to share our life experiences and as well bring the word of God to bear on the hearts and souls of inmates in both Sekondi Central and Female Prisons”. In a brief sermon by the leader of the delegation, inmates were admonished to get closer to God and committed to the change process initiated by Prison Officers.
Mrs Felicia Gbesemate on behalf of the Ladies of the Full Gospel Business Men’s’ Fellowship International presented Twenty (20) bags of rice, Twelve boxes of carbolic soap, Sanitary Pads, Disinfectants and other assorted items to the Western Regional Prisons Commander.
Receiving the items, DCOP Josephine Fredua Agyemang was full of praise to the delegation and said, “this is the response the Ghana Prisons Service is expecting from the public and it is a step in the right direction and an indication of a sprouting societal concern for meeting the pressing needs of prison inmates in Ghana” .
She therefore appealed to the general public not to judge and discriminate prison inmates and ex-convicts but rather focus on ways through which they can contribute to the reformative process of inmates as well as the integration of ex-convicts into society. She also entreated society to seek the reformation and rehabilitation of offenders in order to make them useful citizens to contribute to national development.
DCOP Josephine Fredua Agyemang finally used the opportunity to mention some of the challenges the service face such as lack of basic medical and diagnostic equipment at the infirmary, inadequate drugs to meet the healthcare needs of inmates, lack of industrial machinery to meet the rehabilitative needs of inmates, lack of sustainable means of transport to convey inmates to and from courts and hospitals and also run administrative duties. She called on the support of government, individuals, groups and benevolent organisations to help in meeting such needs.