CHOCHO INDUSTRIES has given the Koforidua Prisons a face-lift by refurbishing it for a colossal fee of GH¢30,000.

The Suhum-based company has expanded the open air washroom for the inmates, tiled it, painted the entire administration and other blocks as well as increased the bath showers to 23.

According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Chocho Industries, Alhaji Dr Oti Boateng, the teachings of Islam encouraged him to renovate the facility.

He indicated that his outfit considered the gesture as their contribution to the Efiase Project which sought to make life comfortable to inmates.

He said, ‘Prisoners are humans like us but the rise in population of inmates vis-Ã -vis the facilities they use make conditions very unpleasant.

‘Teachings of Islam stirred me to support them and make life more comfortable for the inmates, hence the refurbishment.

‘Most of you are here through no fault of yours, but I want to encourage you to consider what you are going through now as training grounds, prepare yourselves and return to your various communities to make positive impacts,’ he added.

Alhaji Dr Boateng commended the officer in-charge, who is also the Assistant Director of the Koforidua Prisons, S.C Otabil, for putting the money to good use.

Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mavis Ama Frimpong, urged all corporate bodies to emulate the shining example of Chocho Industries, saying, ‘This is indeed marvelous, it is in line with government’s Efiase Project. Government alone can’t do it, and that is why I am urging other companies to emulate Alhaji Oti Boateng.’

She appealed to the Chocho Industries CEO and other corporate bodies to consider recruiting five of well-behaved inmates to his company annually.

‘We should accept them after serving their term, you the inmates should also embrace your reform lessons so you return home as persons,’ she added.

S.C Otabil appealed to corporate Ghana to support them with facilities that would not make inmates idle to defeat the purpose of incarceration.

Chocho Industries also provided meals and drinks worth GH¢15,000 for the inmates as well as the officers after the commission.

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