The Ghana Prisons Service has held a two-day conference for all Regional Commanders and selected officers in charge of the Service. The event which took place at the Prisons Headquarters in Accra, was under the theme: “Pursuing Sustainable Strategies To Confront Emerging Challenges in the Ghana Prisons Service- The Role of Prison Managers.
The conference created an opportunity for the Management body of the Service and Regional Commanders to meet, brainstorm and discuss the current state of affairs of the Ghana Prison Service, review its operations and find ways to deal with existing challenges.
Speaking at the conference, the Minister for the Interior who was the Guest Speaker, Hon. Ambrose Dery (MP), commended the Director General of Prisons (DGP) and the Prisons Directorate for their immense contributions towards the wellbeing of officers and inmates. He pledged his support to the development of the service.
Hon. Ambrose Dery emphasized on the need for reforms in every organization that strives for professionalism and development. According to him, It’s only through critical assessment of achievements and challenges against set mandates that an institution can know whether it has achieved its set targets or not.
“A security organization such as the Ghana Prisons Service needs to occasionally assess its achievements to ascertain its level of performance in order to effectively play its role in the administration of justice in our dear country Ghana”, he added.
The Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Mr. Isaac Kofi Egyir mentioned that, his administration is taking pragmatic steps to achieve its set vision, thus, enhancing the use of ICT to ease the volume of paper works, bridging the funding gap, improving staff welfare and deepening cooperation with civil society and strategic international partners.
DGP Isaac Egyir stressed on how important it is to meet with the Regional Commanders, officers in charge and some key stakeholders to brainstorm and come out with effective and enhanced strategies to address some key challenges confronting the Service.
He commended some key partners of the service such as the Church of Pentecost, GLICO Life, and Zoomlion Ghana Limited for their immeasurable contributions in ensuring that the service achieves its mandate of Ensuring Safe Custody, Welfare and Rehabilitation of Prisoners.
In attendance were the Director of Prisons (DOP) in charge of Technical, Dr. Francis Omane-Addo, DOP in charge of Services, Mrs. Patience Baffoe-Bonnie (Esq.), DOP in charge of Finance, Mr. Samuel Adjei-Atta, DOP in charge of Administration, Mr. Samuel Akolbire, DOP in charge of Agriculture, Mr. Hanson Adu-Awuku and DOP in charge of Operations, Mr. Samuel Owusu Amponsah.
The rest were DOP in charge of Human Resource Development, Mr. Benedict Bob-Dery, DOP in charge of Health, Madam Gloria Essandoh, DOP in charge of Welfare, Mrs. Joana Fofo Tackie – Otoo, the Managing Director (MD) of GLICO Life,Mrs. Maame Dufie Acheampong-Kyei Obeng, Director of Pentecost Social Services, Mr. Richard Amaning and Deputy MD, Operations of Zoomlion Ghana limited, Alhaji Abdulai Abdalah.

Story by: DSP. Irene Pokuah Wiredu

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