The Ghana Prisons Service has urged the government to consider increasing the 1 cedis 80 pesewas feeding grant of inmates.
The Service argued the money is inadequate to meet the nutritional requirement of inmates because of the increase in foodstuff.
The United Nations (UN) has outlined some standard for inmates to be observed in the world. It demands adequate sanitary facilities, clothing which shall be in no manner degrading or humiliating provision of a separate bed and provision of food of nutritional value.
Per the UN directive, the Prisons Service is supposed to provide inmates with food of wholesome quality and more than 1 cedis 80 pesewas is needed to make that provision.
However, for years, prisoners have been fed on 1 cedis 80 pesewas daily putting the health of prisoners at risk.
Speaking to Joy News, Director of Ghana Prisons Service, Emmanuel Yao Adzator said they have called on the government to review the grant.
“We are talking with the authorities to readjust the feeding rate for us because one cedis 80 pesewas is inadequate,” he said.
Touching on what the Service is doing to help inmates, Mr Adzator argued, “In our own small way we are trying to expand our agricultural activities so that we can increase our food production to supplement government funding.”
Defending the stand of the Director, Retired deputy director of the service Kofi Oppong Tweneboah Kodua encouraged the government to listen to their plea because of the ‘skyrocketing’ prices of foodstuff in the country.
He said, “because of reformation the inmates ave to eat well so that when you are talking to them they will understand and when they attend classes they will learn well.”
On his part, Employment and Labor Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu urged personnel of the Service to be committed to their work.
He disclosed “The President’s attention was drawn to the abysmally low feeding allowances for prisoners standing at 1.80 pesewas”, and it is been considered.
He promised them any decision taken at the Executive’s level would be communicated to them through the Interior Minster, Prosper Bani.
XYZ News has gathered that until such a time when the feeding grant will be reviewed, inmates will have to make do with watery porridge without sugar, and either eat their famous Gari which goes with the coloured water made out of palm oil supposed to be groundnut soup.