Rev. Dr. Stephen Wengam, Chairman of the Prison Council has given a promised to account for all contributions made towards the Efiase Project.
He noted that in view of the above promise, all should come on board to support the project as the project will only survive with the help of everybody. He further allayed fears of individuals and corporate organisations , saying all their contributions will be put to good use and accounted for .
"The funds will be managed well. I’m a Reverend Minister. My integrity is on the line", he said.
Rev. Wengam who is also the Lead Pastor of the Cedar Mountain Chapel of the Assemblies of God Church, said his integrity is at stake and therefore called on all corporate institutions to support the Efiase Project.
According to the chairman, the Council needs an estimated amount of twenty-five million Ghana Cedis (GHC25 Million) every year to implement its 10-year development plan and Government alone cannot fund it .
He explained that all must consider the prisons to be a place anyone regardless of who you are can find yourself , describing the prisons as “anybody's second home” as such a collaborative effort to improve conditions at the prisons must be well supported by all while government continues to play the lead role.
He revealed that since the launch of the Efiase Project in June 2015, some organizations and individuals have contributed but believes more support is needed than ever to successfully implement the 10-year-development plan.
Rev Wengam explained that the Prison Council has launched a short code, 9050 where all contributions can be sent through .
Background of Efiase Project
Project Efiase is an initiative of the Prisons Service Council that is aimed at creating awareness of the deplorable prison conditions and to solicit the support of corporate institutions, consulates, religious bodies, and individuals to improve the state our prisons in the country.
Efiase is the Akan word for prison.The Ghana Prisons Service, as one of the institutions responsible for security and an essential component of the Criminal Justice System, is tasked with the mandate of ensuring safe custody, welfare, reformation and rehabilitation of prisoners.
Over the years, the Prisons Service has been faced with a couple of challenges which affect the smooth-running of the 43 prison establishments housing a total average inmates population of 14,500 across the country.
Some of the common challenges confronting the Service include inmates overcrowding, limited resources for infrastructural expansion, lack of healthcare facilities, shortage of medical drugs, low feeding rate of GH1.80p per inmate and other welfare issues, just to mention a few.
As part of concerted efforts aimed at addressing the challenges of the prisons, the Prisons Service Council launch Project Efiase, and a 10-year Strategic Development Plan for the Ghana Prisons Service.Essentially, the rationale of Project Efiase is to touch the heart of ordinary Ghanaians, and the private sector to support the on-going prison reforms in the country.