The Brong Ahafo Regional Public Relation Officer for Ghana Prisons Service, ASP Johann Nii Naa Nartey , has stated that lack of funds at the prisons sector makes it difficult for them to discharge their duties to expectation.
He said government is working assiduously to improve conditions in Ghana’s prisons, but the challenges span different administrations and have accumulated over time.
His comments follow some revelations made by an ex-convict on Ark News about the terrible conditions at the Sunynai Prison.
An ex-convict from the Sunyani central prisons, Sadique Abubakar told Ark news the serious difficulties he went through while he served his term there, a situation he said has resulted in him contracting an infection in his penis.
Responding to the issue, ASP Nartey explained that the Sunyani Prisons is under serious pressure, having 924 lockups instead of the 450 authorized capacities.
The structures are not suitable for rehabilitation and reformation due to overcrowding.
ASP Nartey, said the level of funding is insufficient to fund rehabilitation programs that will help inmates from returning to prison, he said.
According to him, government funding for the various prisons is highly inadequate.
Reacting to health care access in the prisons, ASP Nartey said the Sunyani central prison has an infirmary managed by health professionals and trained staff but the needed logistics are not provided.
“Another reason why it is difficult to reform prisoners is lack of logistics and tools in the Prison”.
He appealed for assistance from benevolent organisations and individuals to help the Sunyani Prisons to organiser career that will help inmates to earn a living after they leave the house.