President John Dramani Mahama, has noted that his government would collaborate with the Prisons Council to build a new remand prison at the Nsawam Maximum Prisons.
According to the president, this decision was taken after his visit to the Prisons last year. Speaking at the meeting with Senior reporters at the Flagstaff house, the President who was answering a question posed to him by a female journalist on why Ghana is granting refuge to the ex-Guantanamo detainees and leaving our remand prisoners to their fate, noted that after his visit, he instructed the Chief Justice to set up a court at Nsawam Prisons to try remand cases and free most of the prisoners on remand, if no evidence is available for their prosecution
Speaking about his experience to Nsawam Prisons after his visit, he noted that “Nsawam Prisons is not a friendly environment”.it was originally built for about two or three inmates then but now it is housing over twenty people in one room.
President Mahama noted that after his visit to the prisons, he told the Chairman of the Christian Council, Rev Stephen Wengam, that he will support the council in their reformation process to change the face of the prisons.
President Mahama added that he as tasked the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper to allocate money to the Prisons service to enable them get enough logistics to carry out their tasks.
President Mahama further appealed to corporate Ghana to support Project Efiase in order to change the phase of our prisons, adding that the prisons is there for everybody.