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Regional News of Monday, 11 May 2020

Source: GNA

Coronavirus: CCF supports Prisons Service with mattresses for inmates

The Management of Crime Check Foundation (CCF) together with its partners and donors have presented 100 pieces of student mattresses to the Ghana Prison Service.

The donation, which is worth GHC 12,000 is in response to the distress call of the Prisons Service to support inmates with some mattresses.

Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, the Executive Director of CCF presenting the mattresses the donation was in response to the call by the Director General to support the Service with some mattresses for inmates.

He said the Management thought it prudent to talk to donors of our Foundation to quickly come to the aid of the Ghana Prisons Service, hence, the presentation.

He said the mattresses were to help the inmates in prisons especially at this crucial time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said "we know that in order for the Service to carry out its mandate of reformation and rehabilitation agenda, it is the responsibility of all Ghanaians to support them."

He said no government was able to adequately cater for the needs of the Prison Service over the years and the presentation was the contributions from the Foundation's donors and partners.

"We hope that other well-meaning Ghanaians will also follow suit," he added. He said the welfare of inmates should not be ignored especially in this COVID-19 period and for the Prisons Service to effectively execute its mandate, it must be adequately equipped.

Mr Kwarteng, who is also the Ambassador Extraordinaire of Ghana Prisons appealed to all Ghanaians globally to help support the Prisons Service. "They need sanitizers and other PPE and this is not the time we should turn our back to them, but rather fulfill our Goldy responsibility, which is enshrined in both the Bible, Quran and all other religious books on the need to go the aid of prisoners," he said.

Mr Kwarteng assured the Service of the Foundation's continuous support to the Prisons.

The Director of Prisons in Charge of Welfare, Mr Leopold Kwame Amoah Ansah, who received the mattresses expressed gratitude to the Management of CCF for responding to their call for support.

He said the presentation was timely as it would help improve and bridge the gap, where most inmates had to sleep on bare floor because of lack of space and mattresses.

He appealed to corporate bodies to assist the Service to improve its service delivery and called on government to increase the feeding fee of inmates. “I add my voice to corporate Ghana and indeed organizations, which are interested in corrections to come on board and assist the Service," he added. He said in addition to the PPE, the Service would need nutritious meals for inmates to boost their immune system.

The DOP said the few medical infirmaries the Service had would need support to renovate and refurbish and appealed to government to increase the feeding rate of inmates.

CCF has been instrumental in facilitating the execution of the reformation and rehabilitation mandate of the Ghana Prisons Service through its support programmes that seek to improve the welfare of prison inmates.

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