Assistant Superintendent of Prisons(ASP) Rosemond Osei Bonsu, an officer at the Chaplaincy Department of the Kumasi Central Prisons says overcrowding remains the biggest headache facing the administration.
According to her, both the male and female prisons were facing similar problems with congestion as inmates are packed up like sardines at the cells.
Addressing the media after taking delivery of items worth GHC 10,000.00 from Pastors and church members of the House of Faith Missions World-Wide Ministries, ASP Osei-Bonsu said inmates have difficulty sleeping at the cells due to poor ventilation.
She, therefore, pleaded with government to help address this challenge so as to save the inmates from suffering life threatening ailments and diseases while serving their terms of sentence.
The Prisons Officer bemoaned the lack of logistics at the department, adding this has made work difficult for officers who are in charge of the main prisons.
”Our problem has been lack of logistics and this has made our work very difficult because we cannot provide the service that is required of us”, ASP Osei-Bonsu intimated.
The Prison Administrators, she mentioned are constantly struggling to put the Prisons in shape since they lacked the funds to do so.
She, however, noted that the ‘Prisons Administration always find solace in the kind donations individuals, churches as well as corporate organizations extend to them to help out in times of distress’.
In a chat with the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper later, Deputy General Overseer of House of Faith Ministries, Reverend Emmanuel Mensah Darkwah expressed delight at the opportunity to give to those who were in need.
According to him, this was the mandate exclusively given to the Church by Christ Jesus before he left the face of the earth.
”True Christianity is to give to the needy especially those who are in no position to give back to you”, Rev Darkwah posited
He said, ‘the Church has been commanded to win souls for Christ as well as to do good to those who are in need’, the Deputy Gen Overseer added.