By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA
Accra, Jan. 31, GNA – Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, Ambassador Extraordinaire of Prisons has launched the “Operation Support the 2,000 Orbit Fan Initiative”.
The 2,000-orbit fan initiative is to mobilise resources and donation to fix fans in all the 42 prisons nationwide.
Mr Kwarteng, who is also the Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation told the Ghana News Agency that he decided to launch the initiative because meningitis has been the most common disease in the country’s prisons.
He said the disease is contracted mainly from heat, and due to the nature of our prisons, most prisoners continue to suffer from the disease, hence, the decision to fix fans in the prison cells.
He said it was a step in the right direction to support the Ghana Prison Service and government, since they could not do it all alone.
“I will personally be part of the team that would distribute and fix the fans in all the prisons nationwide,” he added.
He said this was the first of series of initiatives to be introduced by the foundation in 2018 to support prisoners and the Ghana Prisons Service in their reformation and rehabilitation agenda.
The Executive Director said the launch of the initiative was a prelude to the launch of the “Adopt a Cell” initiative later in the year.
He appealed to corporate institutions and benevolent individuals to donate and support the initiative to transform the prisons.
He said, much as prisoners have limited rights, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, the purpose for which they have been kept in custody.
“Prison is everybody’s potential home and we need to treat prisoners with compassion,” he added.