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The Ghana Prison Service, in an attempt to adequately resource and expand the manpower base of the Service, has graduated and commissioned one hundred and fifty (150) cadets, of the Officer Cadet Course Intake 27, into the senior corps of Ghana’s bastille institution, as the fourth consecutive training graduation in 2020.

The commissioning ceremony, which took place on Friday, August 28th, 2020, at the Prison Officers’ Training School, Accra, was the climax of the last of four batches of new entrants for the Prison Service, after it received approval for an intervention for the recruitment of 1500 men and women, who begun training in 2019.

The new officers who comprised of 113 men and 37 women, have varied professional backgrounds ranging from Accounting, Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Medicine and Social Sciences – fields very relevant to the operations of the Service, in carrying out its activities, in line with international standards.

Representing the President of the Republic as the Guest of Honour at the graduation ceremony, the Vice President – His Excellency (HE) Dr Mahamudu Bawumia stated that Cabinet had approved the placement of all the security agencies, under a single pension scheme – CAP 30, which is already enjoyed by the military.

The Veep furthermore stated, that the Prisons Administration, in collaboration with other stakeholders, are leading the advocacy for alternative sentencing policy to be introduced in the country, and that on health, about 90% of all the country’s prisons population have been covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme, with cases handled including fresh registrations, renewals and replacements, which were all done at no cost to the inmates.

Dr Bawumia said that forty (40) medical personnel, seconded from the Ghana Health Service and the provision to prison establishments of personal protective equipment (PPE), infrared thermometers, washing soap, tissue papers and veronica buckets.

Vice President Dr Bawumia indicated that, Government has completed drafting the Bill on Non-Custodial Sentencing, which will be laid before Parliament, for the promulgation of Alternative Sentencing that include probation, parole and community service into the work of the Criminal Justice System in Ghana, an alternative to custodial sentence, which holds great potential to decongest the prisons and significantly reduce the financial burden in management.

On accommodation, the Veep said that the President has requested the contractors working on accommodation facilities for officers, to go back to site, to complete blocks of flats at the Ankaful, Nsawam and the Roman Ridge Prisons Complex, and was progressing steadily until the unfortunate outbreak of COVID-19.

Two award winners – Junior Under Officer AMOS BENANG who is the winner of the Commandant’s Award and Senior Under Officer – DR. FLORENCE DJOLETOE, who was the Best in Academic and also emerged as the Best-All-Round Officer Cadet, were awarded.

Dignitaries present at the graduation included the Minister for the Interior and Member of Parliament for Nandom – Mr Ambrose Dery, Director General of the Ghana Prisons Service – Mr Patrick Darko Missah, Members of the Prisons Directorate and Senior and Junior Prison Officers.

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