The Ghana Prisons Service and Zoomlion Ghana Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to engage exiting prisoners to clean Ghana’s capital, Accra.
As part of efforts to support President Nana Akufo-Addo's vision to make Accra dirt-free and Ghana the most beautiful country in Africa, the Ghana Prisons Service and Zoomlion Ghana Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to use inmates leaving the confines of the prison walls to sanitise the city.
The enterprise, currently on its pilot stage, has details of the MOU indicating inmates would rid drains of sludge and weed to make Accra clean.
The Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Superintendent Vitalis Aiyeh, remarked to Ghana News Agency on Monday, April 15, 2019, that the idea would help beautify the various barracks, an effort also in line with the vision of the Director-General of the Prison Service.
He further stated the arrangement sanctioned by Parliament would make inmates more productive while supporting attempts to make the city beautiful.
Zoomlion would provide the needed logistics like trucks, shovels, wheelbarrows, reflectors and nose guards for the inmates to work five days a week while the prison service would ensure their safety by providing them with escorts to the various sites.
Already Kawokudi, Kanda High Way to the Electoral Commission, the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and the Ridge Roundabout are some areas in the city that cleanups have been undertaken.
Also the vicinity from National Theatre, through to the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA) Junction, Independence Square, Teshie, La General Hospital, Airport Roundabout to American House and the Dzorwulu High Way have all been visited.
Each prisoner would be paid GH¢10.00 with internally-generated funds approved by Parliament. 60 per cent of their earnings would go to the prison service and 40 per cent to government.
Superintendent Aiyeh, noted once successful, the enterprise would be replicated across other regional capitals.
He remarked that due diligence had been ensured in profiling prisoners exiting the prisons' confines for this particular cleaning exercise.
“All the inmates for this particular exercise have been transferred to James Camp Prison from other prisons and have served a third of their sentence and have exhibited a sign of good behaviour,” he added.
Superintendent Aiyeh emphasized “murderers, rapist and armed robbers [would not] deal or associate with the public” and any persons of potential threat to the program would be excluded.
He assured leadership has carefully selected inmates for the programme to eliminate any security risks to the public.
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