Speaking at the launch of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) for Prison Inmates at the Ghana Prisons Service Headquarters, the Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, stated that the programme will give a significant boost to efforts already being made by the Prison Service to provide rehabilitation programmes for inmates when they are discharged.

He explained that the programme, which is a partnership between the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP) and the Ghana Prisons Service is aimed at providing training and employment options for beneficiaries which will ultimately reduce their chances of re-offending.

The training modules under the programme include soap and detergent making, juice processing, grain and cereal packaging, preparation of yoghurt and making of cosmetic and edible oils.

According to the Minister, the inmates who would benefit from the training will also be contributing towards Ghana’s long term strategic vision of consolidating her middle-income status and further building an industry-driven economy.

Hon. Ambrose Dery added that it is gratifying that 860 inmates from five (5) prisons establishments will be initially enrolled onto the programme. He expressed hope that the programme will be extended to cover more inmates and prison establishments in the near future.