Prisons Need Renovation

Members of the association at Sekondi prisons

Rt.  Rev.  Daniel De-Graft Brace, Bishop of the Sekondi Diocese of the Methodist Church has bemoaned the prevailing conditions in most of the country’s Prisons, describing them as inhumane and nothing to write home about.

To this end, the Bishop has called for the refurbishment of all prisons to enable those in charge carry out their core mandate of reformation and reintegration of inmates into the society.

The Methodist Bishop made the call during the presentation of assorted food items worth GH¢ 15,000 to inmates of Sekondi Prisons by the Methodist Ministers’ Spousal Association of the Sekondi Diocese.

The items included 15 bags of gari, six gallons of cooking oil, 20 bags of rice, two bags of maize, 17 boxes of key soap, three bags of sugar, two boxes of tea bags, three boxes of Pepsodent tooth paste, a box of toothbrushes and three bags of sunlight soap.

Rt. Rev. Brace stressed the need to de-congest the country’s prisons and make them more comfortable for the inmates to be fully re-integrated into society.

He admonished the inmates to reflect soberly on their conditions in the prisons and repent of their crimes in order to attract the mercies of God for a pardon.

The Bishop reminded the inmates that though they were suffering that fate, they had not been condemned by God.

The Rt. Rev. Brace encouraged the inmates to take consolation of the fact that the Apostle Paul was engineered to write many epistles while in prison.

He told the inmates that God knew why they must languish in prison and appealed to them to repent and accept the Lord and Master Jesus Christ as their saviour before being released from prison.

Mrs Juliana De-Graft Brace, the President of the Methodist Ministers’ Spousal Association, explained that as part of its annual gesture to the needy and under-privileged in society, the association decided to visit inmates of the Sekondi Male Prisons to put smiles on their faces.

She noted that the donation was also in fulfilment of scripture where the Lord Jesus Christ charged his followers to visit the sick, the needy and downtrodden in society and exhibit love and affection towards them.

Mrs Brace added that it was the intention of the Spousal Association to support their husbands to make the tenets of the gospel more practical.

She said the Association, which had just celebrated its 40th Anniversary, would continue the humanitarian gesture to the needy in society.

The Regional Prisons Chaplain, Rev. George Akuamoah-Boateng thanked the association for the gesture and asked for God’s blessings upon the members.

He called on other benevolent organisations and philanthropists to emulate the shining example of the association and come to the aid of the inmates from time to time.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Sekondi