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General News Wed, 10 Sep 2008

Government will improve conditions of warders, inmates - Addo-Kufuor

Accra, Sept. 10, GNA - Interior Minister Kwame Addo-Kufuor on Wednesday reiterated government's commitment to improve the conditions of the Prisons Service as well as the general welfare of inmates. He said government was coming up with several interventions to adequately resource the institution and cater to the well-being of the service's personnel and inmates.

The Minister was interacting with prisons officers at the Medium Security Prison at Nsawam as part of a day's visit to the facility to familiarize himself with their challenges.

Dr Addo-Kufuor who toured the nooks and cranny of the facility commended the officers for the efficient and humane manner the affairs of the inmates had been managed even with the meagre resources at their disposal.

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He also urged the inmates to comport themselves and to take advantage of the many training facilities within the prison to develop themselves for reintegration into society.

The inmates asked government to consider other categories of prisoners for amnesty, particularly those who had been on remand for long periods without trial as well as those whose sentences had been commuted from death to life imprisonment. He gave the assurance that his ministry would collaborate with the Attorney General's Department to ensure that attention was paid to the prisoners' concerns.

Mr William Asiedu, Director-General of Ghana Prisons Service commended government for the support it had given the Service over the past seven years, which had led to significant achievements.

Source: GNA
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