The Infirmary of the Tarkwa Prison will soon be renovated and well stocked with quality health care drugs, to help address the health needs of inmates, the Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine, Mr. Sicelo Ntuli has announced.
The gesture which include eight sets of 40-inch flat screen televisions and 20 wall fans for cells in the prison forms part of the company’s desire to partner government to help the Tarkwa Prison.
It was also a gesture by the mine to support the Efiase Project launched by President Mahama, last year, to help improve facilities at the country’s prisons .
Mr. Ntuli said this when his outfit made a donation to the Tarkwa Prison at the weekend.
Presenting the items at the premises of Tarkwa Prison, he said, the gesture was to reduce boredom amongst the inmates and also serve as a recreation while the fans would reduce the excessive heat in the cells.
He said some prisoners were in the prison because they found themselves at the wrong side of the law and should not been seen as outcasts, but rather, society must also help in their reformation by helping to address their needs through philanthropic gestures.
Interacting with leadership of the inmates, Mr. Ntuli encouraged them to be of good behaviour and eschew all forms of violence while serving their various sentences, adding that society has not written them off.
Receiving the items, Officer-in-Charge of the Tarkwa Prison, Kwaku Ababio Ali, expressed the Prison’s appreciation to AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine for the prompt response in assisting the prison through the Efiase project.
Pledging that the items would be put to good use, he called on other organisations within the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality to emulate the Iduapriem Mine.
Addressing the media, Senior Manager- Sustainability of the Mine, Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo said as a socially responsible mine, they were moved to come to the aid of the Tarkwa Prison after officials had called on the mine.
He noted that the gesture sought to restore hope to the prisoners and to let them know that they still have a second opportunity in life.
Earlier, the Managing Director and his entourage toured the prison facility to see at first hand some challenges facing it.
From Clement Adzei Boye, Tarkwa