The Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, Mr. Cezar Kale has called for the institution of educational and vocational facilities in the prisons to take care of the reformative needs of inmates.
That he explained would make inmates productive and useful to society after serving their prison terms.
Mr. Kale made the call during the inauguration of an eight member Upper West Region Prisons Committee here.
The committee under the leadership of the Regional minister, Mr. Mahmud Khalid would among other things, identify problems and challenges facing both officers and inmates of the Wa Prisons and make appropriate recommendations to the Ghana Prisons Service Council for redress.
Mr. Kale called on members of the committee to work assiduously to change the negative perception of reform prisoners when the are released from custody by ensuring their integration into society.
He tasked the Department of Social Welfare to play leading role in the integration of those who have served their prison terms into society.
The Deputy Minister gave the assurance that President Mills” administration would stay focused and committed to improving the lots of the people adding, “no challenge before government will be considered too big.”
Air Marshall John Asamoah Bruce, Chairman of the Prisons Service Council said the government was working diligently to complete construction works on the maximum security prison at Ankaful with the capacity of 2,000 inmates to take care of the high-risk prisoners throughout the country.
He urged the Regional Prisons Committees to work towards achieving effective prisoner re-entry into society.
Air Marshall Bruce entreated the committee members to collaborate with members of the Ghana Prisons Service, stakeholders and relevant institutions to carry out its functions effectively.
“Your objective is to help make proper reintegration of prisoners back into the society seamless,” he further urged committee members.
The Chairman of the Prisons Service Council told members of the committee to work together as a team to add value to prison life and support Prisons Service in its efforts to make better persons out of those who unfortunately find their way into the prisons.
Mr. Elias Brutto a Legal Practitioner and Members of the Committee on behalf of his colleagues expressed appreciation to government for the confidence reposed in them and pledged to work hard to improve the lives of both officers and inmates of the Wa Prisons.