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General News of Friday, 17 September 2010

Source: citifmonline

We are ready for any punishment - Prison officers

Prison Officers in the Ashanti Region have told Citi News they would comply with investigations into their protest march on Wednesday September 15, and accept any form of punishment that comes with it.

The prison officers carried placards, chanted war songs and burnt tyres to demonstrate against what they say are salary disparities in the new single spine salary structure of which they are beneficiaries.

According to them, their salary levels comparing to that of the police service was lower.

Government has announced it will launch a full scale investigation into the demonstration which it deems illegal and unwarranted.

Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service in the Ashanti Region, Chief Officer Steven Nti told Citi News they are willing and ready to comply with the investigations and the subsequent outcome.

He however indicated that activities at the prisons have since returned to normal.

“As at now, I can say that within the prisons, everything is now normalized. Our work has started, visitors are visiting their relatives, we are admitting prisoners and discharging them to the various courts and everything is on course” he said.

“I think that if an investigation committee is constituted and then somebody is found culpable for misbehaving himself, I believe the Prison officers will accept it because what happened is not something that the service has to be engaged in" he said.

"But as a result of the emotional stress, the psychological stress and the kind of equity tension that we were going through, that behavior erupted. So we will not have anybody to blame if somebody is found culpable and then most importantly our grievances are addressed. We will welcome that and accept it and move forward” he noted.