- Inmates of Sekondi Central Prison are on hunger strike
- This is to protest the GHC1.80 feeding allowance entitled each of them
- They say the amount isn’t enough, thus the poor quality of the meals being served to them
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Inmates at the Sekondi Central Prison are refusing to take the meals being served them, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
This is in protest of the GHC1.80 entitled to each inmate at the prison as a feeding allowance per day.
The amount covers their breakfast, lunch, and supper.
Confirming the protest to Accra-based Citi FM, the prison’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Nester Adjetey Cyriano said the protest began on Sunday, May 23, 2021.
He said the inmates were livid with the poor quality and quantity of the food being served them.
“…When we served them their meals, they refused to take it. It was porridge. And then they got agitated and were saying that the food we have been serving them is not sufficient, and it’s not quality enough,” DSP Cyriano said.
He admitted that the meals being served to the inmates have been “one way for some time now; porridge in the morning, banku in the afternoon and in the evening; and it has been so for a while. They also complained about the quality of the food.”
In a separate development, officers of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) manning the country’s entry points as part of Operation Calm Life have withdrawn from the operation.
The officers were deployed to areas such Elubo, Akanu, Laklebi, Saboba, and Hamile as part of the government’s effort to clamp down on criminal activities along the country’s entry points.
They withdrew from Operation Calm Life in protest of the government’s moves to cut their daily stipends by a whopping 50%, Starrfm.com.gh reported.
“There is no accommodation, there is no food, so we have to look for our own accommodation, feed ourselves based on what they give us, based on the ration [money] they give us,” one of the officers told Starr News on condition of anonymity.
According to the officer, it has been three months since the government paid their daily stipends of GHC100.
“It’s supposed to be a daily amount and it was being calculated and every two weeks, that was what we started with,” the officer stated.
Operation Calm Life was to last for two months but it is in its eleventh month.