Minister for the Interior, Mr. Ambrose Dery (MP) on 11th May, 2021 commissioned a 300-bed Prison Camp in Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
The facility was funded and built by the Church of Pentecost Ghana with the Chiefs and people of Ejura providing the land for free.
Mr. Dery in his statement stated that Government’s main interest and premium was to seeing offenders reformed, rehabilitated and add value to their lives as they return to the society as law abiding citizens.
He reiterated Governments commitment to building the capacity and re-orienting the Prisons Service to deliver on its constitutional mandate to meet international best standards of correctional practice.
The Interior Minister urged the private sector to partner government to improve the conditions of the Service towards efficient delivery.
He commended the Church of Pentecost Ghana for their exemplary gesture of responding to a worthy course of bringing relief to humanity adding that the contribution of the Church in this regard is unprecedented and must be applauded.
Mr. Ambrose Dery further applauded the Chief of Ejura, Nana Barima Osei Hwedie, and his elders, as well as the good people of Ejura for the allocation of vast tract of land both for the construction of the prisons and for Agricultural undertakings.
“The Prisons has been considered as an integral part of the government’s policy of Planting for Food and Jobs programme and has since been supported with tractors and other implements for large scale agriculture”, he said.
He urged the Ghana Prisons Service to put the edifice to maximum use, to achieve inmates’ rehabilitation and reforms to the satisfaction of all.
In 2017, the Prison Service began negotiations with the Ejurahene for the acquisition of farmland. The negotiations were very fruitful and resulted in the Ejurahene, in consultation with his traditional council allocated a Six Hundred and Fifty Three (653) acres of land to the Ghana Prisons Service.
The 300-bed facility consists of two dormitory blocks, an administration block, visitor’s lounge, an infirmary, a church building with offices, a kitchen, stores block, workshop block comprising three workshops, and inmates’ bathrooms and toilets block. The facility also has a football field.