Ghanaian team peeps into Brazil’s prisons operations

Mark Woyongo, Minister of The Interior

Mark Woyongo, Minister of The Interior

As part of measures to decongest the country’s prisons, a government delegation led by the Minister of the Interior, Mark Woyongo, was in Brazil to inspect some prison facilities in that country.

Other members of the delegation were the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Interior, Fritz Baffour, the Director General of Prisons, Ms Matilda Baffour-Awuah, a member of the Prisons Council, Nana Baffour Okumanin and three other officials from the ministry and the Prisons Service.

The delegation arrived in Sao Paolo, Brazil on Sunday August 9 and started a working tour the following day.

According to Ethel Codjoe-Amissah, Head of Public Relations at the ministry, members of the delegation visited model prisons constructed through pre-fabricated technology by the Contracta Engenharia Company of Brazil at the Itatinga District of Sao Paolo.

“The delegation met the Cabinet Secretary responsible for Penitentiary Services of Sao Paolo, Mr Lourival Gomes, to share ideas concerning prison administration”, she said, and added that the two countries agreed on an exchange programme among prison officials.

The delegation also travelled to Porto Alegre to inspect other prisons under construction on the outskirt of the city and later visited the factory of SISCOBRAS, the main manufacturers of the pre-fabricated units for prisons and other projects throughout Brazil.

“The company in its presentation, showed the different models of pre-fabricated units manufactured in the factory. These included units for prisons, police stations, schools, offices and mini banks”, Ms Codjoe-Amissah stated.

The minister invited Contracta Engenharia Company and SISCOBRAS to establish a similar processing company in Ghana, as the first step to the expected long term relationship with Ghana.

It said the two parties agreed to engage each other to iron out the methodologies for construction and architectural designs in Ghana, taking into consideration the environmental, cultural and financial aspects of the proposed projects.

“Members of the delegation were impressed with the various facilities visited and stressed the need to invite the Brazilian company to visit the country to construct similar facilities here,” she said.

By Times Reporter  

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