The Ghana Prisons Service has received a cheque donation of an amount of GH¢50,000.00 from the Ghana Investment Fund for
Electronic Communication (GIFEC) to enable it procure furniture and other necessities to set up Computer Centers in some
selected prison establishments in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of GIFEC, Honourable Kofi Attor, mentioned that the amount is to assist the Prisons Service prepare the grounds for the other prison establishments yet to benefit from the Computer Centers being set up in prisons around the country by the ICT giant.
The CEO also noted that, his outfit would be very proud to see prisoners who have benefited from these computer centers passing examinations in Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), and or gaining employments with the knowledge acquired from these Centers after their release from prison.
‘It is our determination that, all prisons must have Computer Centers. We have been able to establish ICT centers in about eighteen (18) prisons, and we are left with about nineteen (19) more to attend to’, he added.
The Director-General also in her bid to run a paperless system, called for more assistance from GIFEC ‘to procure special equipment to undertake biometric registration of prisoners in line with international practice, and also make access to information on prisoners easily and readily available to other entities’.
Hon. Attor lauded the idea and said his outfit will be ready to assist in that direction, and asked the prison authorities to furnish his outfit with the specific equipment they would need in the exercise for consideration.
GIFEC has for the past years donated over three hundred (300) computers and its accessories to the Ghana Prisons Service, and assisted in setting up a number of Computer Centers that has significantly boosted Prisons inmates’ Computer literacy.