They argue that this amount is insufficient to adequately provide food for the prisoners.
Superintendent Daniel Eghan, the Officer in Charge of Paralegal at the prison, emphasized the pressing need for an increase in the feeding rate.
He stated, “What can GH¢1.80 per prisoner buy? We are pleading with the government to increase the money for feeding for them to be properly fed.”
Superintendent Eghan also highlighted the prison's challenges in obtaining medical supplies and logistical support for their clinics to care for sick inmates.
He appealed to the government, organizations, and the public for assistance in the form of beds, mattresses, and medications to improve the welfare of the prisoners.
While the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison currently houses 1,424 inmates, Superintendent Eghan noted that it remains 576 inmates below its capacity. However, the prison has not reached full capacity due to a shortage of staff, which affects their ability to ensure security.
The authorities at Ankaful Prisons stress the urgency of addressing these issues to ensure the well-being and proper care of the inmates while emphasizing the importance of public support in achieving these goals.
Reporting by Prince Acquah. Editing by Mariam Aminu.