Ambassador Extraordinaire of Prisons donates to inmates of SCC

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA
 

Accra, Sept. 21, GNA
– Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, the Ambassador Extraordinaire of Prisons, has
presented assorted detergents to some inmates of the Senior Correctional Center
(SCC) in Accra.

The support to these
inmates is to make life easier for them as they go through their transformation
process.

SCC is the only
institution in the country at the moment that caters for young offenders and
juveniles.

The Center takes
care of these young offenders by training them for a period of six months to
two years in various vocational trades.

Mr Kwarteng, who
also is the Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation (CCF), a Non-Governmental
Organisation, said the donation was a promise he made to the inmates during an
interview for the “Time with the Prisoner” television series on GTV.

He said as an
Ambassador of Prisons, the welfare of inmates was very dear to his heart and he
would do more to support extend help to them.

He said the
Foundation was aimed at projecting the painful prison picture to the public
through documentaries on prison confessions among others.

The Ambassador, who
is currently in London on a Chevening scholarship to study M.A in International
Journalism told the GNA that his focus would be prison advocacy reportage and
reforms.

Mr Kwarteng said
while in the UK he would also like to woo organizations and philanthropists to
come to the aid of government on its prison transformation agenda.

“Advocacy will
even be more for the challenges facing the Ghana Prisons Service, when I return
after my studies,” he said.

He said his
Foundation believes that bringing the real prison experience to the door steps
of the public would afford millions of Ghanaians, especially, the youth, who
were usually caught in the web of crime, the opportunity to de-motivate their
urge for crime.

Assistant
superintendent of Prisons (ASP) Mrs Lydia Odoi Yemoh, Chaplaincy at the Center,
who received the items, expressed gratitude to the Ambassador and the
Foundation for their efforts.

She also commended
the Ambassador for championing crime prevention among the youth.

Madam Ewuraba
Nyamekye, a philanthropist and a musician, also appealed to corporate
organisations to come to the aid of the Center.

She advised the
inmates to be of good behavior as they go through their training period and be
law abiding citizens.

The Musician, who
lives outside the country, said she would solicit for support from friends and
other organisations and channel that support through the Foundation to help the
inmates.

On peace during and
after the general elections, she appealed to Ghanaians to continue to embrace
peace and avoid violence, since violence does not promote economic development.

GNA

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