15.05.2008 General News

Nsawam prisons starts SHS programme

15.05.2008 LISTEN
By The Statesman

The Nsawam Medium Security Prison has started a Senior High School for inmates who aspire to continue their education, according to Kofi Kakraba Sagoe, Deputy Director of the prison.

In an interview with The Statesman, he disclosed "we have started a PSI on formal, non formal and ICT education. As regards the formal education, we have started SHS1 and 2 classes for the young and determined inmates who aspire to pursue their studies".

He stated that the new system allows inmates from all cells, including older women among others to enroll. "At the non formal section, we teach Twi and Ewe languages along side Bible lessons. This is to speed up the reformation process and inspire them to live a life worthy of emulation", he added.

He made this known last week when two authors presented motivational books worth GH¢900 to the inmates at the Medium Security Prisons.

The books, titled, "Why not the Best, In-Genius, Unlisted, Spearhead and opportunity which were presented by Patrick Otieku Boadu and Michael Ohene Effah talks about how people can identify, develop and maximise their talents in life.

Presenting the items, Patrick Otieku said the books will motivate, improve and transform the minds of the inmates in their daily meditation. He noted that the books were not enough to be presented to each inmate and therefore requested that the books be sent to the prisons library to be available for the inmates.

The Deputy Prisons Director, receiving the items noted that the closure of the James Fort Prison in Accra forced the inmates there to be transferred to the already crowded Medium Security Prison. "We have about 3,000 inmates now with more coming everyday. It is causing outbreak of heat rashes and other diseases in the various cells. We also have water problem here since the four boreholes that we have are insufficient and unable to supply water to the numerous inmates. This is really posing a challenge to us and we need intervention to help address the problems".

Asked whether inmates have rights to have conjugal affair, he had this to say: "No, they don t. Those rights are not granted here. We give health care and try to isolate pregnant women and nursing mothers from the rest."

"This is even difficult because the facilities are now being crowded and if we allow inmates to have marital affair, then another facility would have to be provided for them, that is, if government can afford it", he added.

Mr Sagoe said inmates are provided with 60Gp everyday as chop money and are fed three times a day. He refuted allegations that inmates are not given balanced diet. "We give them beans, palm soup Nkrakra and Keta School boys among others, so if these are not regarded as a balanced diet, then I don t know what a balanced diet is", he added.

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