Egypte Kudoto, (Volta NDC Youth Organiser) Presenting Items to Dep. Dir. Of Prisons-Ho, Victor Agbelengor
It has emerged that inmates of the Ho Prison have an insatiable love and craving for Waakye, an indigenous delicacy which is very high in protein.
It is prepared by boiling beans and rice together. It may be prepared in the home, but is mainly sold by roadside vendors and mostly eaten for breakfast or lunch. It may be eaten with kelewele, fried fish, wele, fried plantain, boiled eggs and fried chicken. It originated from the northern part of Ghana.
The prisoners who did not think twice of what they wanted to eat when asked by the Warden of the prison shouted in concert ‘we want waakye.’ Just when the Warden, Deputy Director of Prisons, Victor Agbelengor assured them of their wish, the entire prison resounded with a thunderous applause and chants to signify their excitement and gratitude.
This came to light when the Viva Family, officially known as the Youth Wing of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Volta Region donated some food items and detergents to the inmates last weekend.
The donation was in commemoration of the third anniversary of Ghana’s late President, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.
The items worth GHC3,800.00 included five bags of rice, five bags of gari, two gallons of cooking oil, two gallons of palm- oil, two cartons of soap and two bags of sugar.
Mr. Egypte Kudoto, the Regional Youth Organiser of the NDC who presented the items said the gesture was to immortalise the late President and his annual ritual of donating to the less privileged on his birthday when he was alive.
It was also to reiterate the new ‘Efiase’ Project developed by the Prisons Council and launched by the President recently as part of measures to re-brand the Ghana Prison Service.
Mr. Kudoto whose birthday happens to be the same day the late president died, noted that the day has since been observed with mixed feelings. He was hopeful that Atta Mills’ death will serve as a motivation for all Ghanaians, especially politicians to leave a good legacy before their maker calls them.
Overcrowding and Health Hazards
Deputy Director of Prisons, Victor Agbelengor, in charge of the Prisons commended the donors for the gesture and urged others to emulate it.
He lamented about the high level of overcrowding at the facility which makes the inmates vulnerable to various infections and health hazards.
He therefore appealed for drugs and a generator set for the inmates since the current power crisis was also affecting them.
An inmate appealed to the public to provide them with mosquito nets to protect them from mosquito bites.
The NDC Chairman of Ho Central Constituency, Divine Ferg Afedo promised to give the prison a digital decoder.
By Fred Duodu, Ho ( [email protected] )
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