The Times Ladies Association of the New Times Corporation last Friday donated assorted items worth GH¢3,500 to the inmates of the Ankaful Maximum Security and the Main Camp prisons.
The items included eight bags of rice, two bags of gari, cartons of assorted soap, toilet rolls, loaves of bread, two bags of powdered washing soap, three gallons of cooking oil, a bag of maize and sugar.
The donation was sponsored by companies and philanthropists such as GIHOC Distiliries, Sofine Ventures, IGIT Company Limited, Mrs Lucy Preprah Tawiah, a former proprietress of Solid Foundation School, Mrs. Bella Ahu, Chief Executive of the Traffix Catering, Thorpe Road, Yutees Security Services and Wilma Africa.
The president for the association, Hajia Rabiatu Abdulai, making the presentation, stressed the need for Ghanaians to show love to the inmates by donating towards their welfare.
“As mothers, sisters, we do not need to judge them but to love and cater for them,” she said.
She pledged the association’s continuous support and called on others to show their love and sympathy to the inmates.
Hajia Abdulai commended the prison officers for their dedication to duty.
The Central Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) Daniel Machator who received the items, urged the public to support the re-integration of ex-convicts into the society and refrain from stigmatisation.
He said some of the challenges was how to transport inmates from the Maximum Prisons to courts and hospitals, since most of the vehicles in the prison had broken down. The inmates, he said were fed also three square meals a day on GH¢1.80, which was inadequate.
He said the Maximum Prisons accommodated hardened criminals serving between 20 and 160 years, which posed a threat to the officers handling them.
He said the current power crisis was a major security challenge to the prisons, adding that the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras were not functioning.
From Anita Nyarko, Ankaful