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Ghana Prisons GH¢43m debt hits Prisons Service

The Service has been in arrears since last year due to the delay in the release of funds.

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The Ghana Prisons Service is worried about the delay in the release of funds which is making it impossible for it to pay bills, including medical bills, inmates ration bills, and utilities.

According to the Service, the situation has resulted in a total debt of over GH¢43.165 million.

The Service has been in arrears for 11 months of the year 2016, and this is composed of prisoners ration bills of over GH¢9.596 million, a medical bill of GH¢3.173 million, and utilities GH¢12.885 million as well as other debts.

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The Chief Budget Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Supt. George Ankamah disclosed this at the Ministry of the Interior 2017 mid-year review meeting in Accra on Thursday.

He said the current feeding fee of GH¢1.80 per prisoner a day is not enough.

“We anticipate that the 11 months of prisoners ration bills in arrears would be released before the end of the year and the budgetary releases would be increased substantially to meet the needs of the service in order to enable it execute its mandate efficiently.”

“The Service will embark on vigorous capacity building programmes for categories of staff to enable them cope with modern trends in correction management. It also intends to commit more funding to the welfare needs of inmates to conform to the United Nations Minimum Standards for the treatment of prisoners,” he said.

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Supt. George Ankamah, however, indicated that the Service has also received a commencement certificate of GH¢200,000 for the procurement of multi-purpose photocopying machines and other building materials for the continuation of its headquarters extension project.

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