The donation, aimed at improving the welfare of inmates, was presented at the Ghana Prisons Service headquarters in Accra and will be distributed to prisons nationwide, with a focus on those in the North.
The donated items include 90 boxes of ceiling fans, bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, tomato paste, toiletries, bags of assorted used clothes, and washing powder.
Madam Wilhelmina Graves, the Director of Administration at ADOA, made the presentation on behalf of the Accra Diocesan Bishop, The Right Reverend Dr. Daniel Sylvanus Mensa Torto.
The initiative was prompted by a request from the Prisons Service to alleviate the challenges faced by inmates. Madam Wilhelmina Graves highlighted the biblical foundation of the donation, citing the commandment of Jesus in Mathew 25:35-36 to care for the needy, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, attend to the sick, and visit those in prison.
“As a church, we think about all citizens, especially those who have found themselves on the other side of the law and are currently imprisoned,” she stated.
Mr. Nathaniel N. Agyeman Onyinah, Deputy Director of Prisons, received the items on behalf of the Director General of the Prisons Service, expressing gratitude to the church for their act of kindness.
He emphasized that the donated items would supplement the Service's efforts in providing for inmates and encouraged other individuals and organizations to support the prisons.
Canon ADP Selwyn Sylvanus Adama Okai, the Chaplain-General of the Ghana Prisons Service, noted that a needs assessment had been conducted during a prison visit, and the donation of ceiling fans came at an opportune time.
He highlighted the need for fans in the over 47 prisons across the country, particularly in the North, where the weather is very hot.