‘Dumsor’ affecting activities in prisons

stock-footage-real-light-bulb-turning-on-flickering-and-turning-offINMATES at the various prisons in the country are experiencing heat rashes due to the ongoing load-sheding exercise.

The on-going load shedding is also affecting training facilities in the electrical carpentry, joinery and mechanical shops as activities in these areas are halted anytime the lights go off.

The Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (DSP) Vitalis A-Iyeh, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times on phone, appealed to the Electricity Company of Ghana and power producers to exempt the prison facilities from the current load-shedding, exercise.

He said the over-crowded inmates are locked up at 6: pm and opened at 6: am and the situation creates severe heat and other health conditions during power outages.

Currently, he said, there were about 14, 875 inmates spread across the 43 prisons in the country, and that the number kept increasing daily with the majority of them being remand prisoners.

DSP A-Iyeh said although the service providers had assured that sensitive institutions, including security agencies, hospitals and others would be exempted from the power cuts, it appeared the decision was not being followed, thereby causing inconvenience in the various prisons.

He said inmates pursuing various courses and programmes within the facilities found it difficult to study in the midst of the power crisis.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of ECG, Mr. William Boateng, said the challenge was not deliberate explaining that the distributors of the power, the Electricity Company of Ghana, was confronted with huge shortage and until the situation was normalized there was nothing the company could do.

He cited instances where the Kotoka International Airport, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the Ghana Water Company Limited, among others experienced power outages, saying “at times the regulators take the decision to ensure that the system does not collapse”.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour 

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