Crime Check Foundation (CCF), a Prisons NGO has donated 10 Orbit Fans to the inmates of the Yendi Local Prisons in the Northern Region. The presentation, which was done at the Prisons Headquarters, also included a 40-inches flat screen television. The donation forms part of the “Support the Operation 2,000 Orbit Fans” project initiated by Mr. Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, the Ambassador Extraordinaire of Prisons. The project is to mobilize resources and donations to enable the Foundation fix fans in all the 42 Prisons nationwide.
Mr Kwarteng, who is also the Executive Director of CCF, told crimecheckghana that the donation would help the Ghana Prison Service in the reformation and rehabilitation agenda. He added that the reformation and rehabilitation of prisoners should no longer remain the preserve of government in view of the numerous challenges associated with penal reforms. He said the Yendi Local Prison, made a request for 10 fans, hence the presentation to them. “This donation was very crucial, looking at how inmates suffer from various diseases associated with overcrowding and heat.” Mr. Kwarteng said.
Mr. Isaac Kofi Egyir, Director of Prisons in Charge of Operations, who received the items on behalf of the Director-General, commended the management of CCF for their continuous support to the Service. He said it was a clear sign that the Service was in a fruitful collaboration with CCF, indicating that management of inmates was not a sole responsibility of government but also stakeholders.
The Director urged all like-minded organizations and individuals to come on board and support the efforts of the leadership of the Service. He said inmates were still part of the society, who were going through reformation and rehabilitation and their welfare was cardinal. “Such gesture goes a long way to help the Service conform to the international standards and practice. It would reinforce the activities of the Service.” Mr. Egyir said.
Over the past years, the Foundation has supported a number of Prisons with this Orbit project including the Nsawam Male & Female Prisons and the Kumasi Central Prison.