Sunyani Central Prison goes into business
The Sunyani Central Prison is ready to take contracts to raise additional income in an effort to supplement the government’s provision to the facility.
The Deputy Director of Prison (DDP) Robin K. Asamoah Fenning, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Commander, told the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani that the Prison could offer the public many social and economic services.
He said the Command had also embarked on various financial and trade ventures to augment financial and logistical receipts from the government, philanthropists, charitable organisations and the public for the proper care and maintenance of the inmates.
DDP Fenning said the Prison had well-trained master craftsmen and women who had impacted their knowledge on the inmates.
He noted that the Prison was therefore “in a very good position to take contracts in the sewing of school, industrial and staff uniforms at highly competitive rates with the assurance of quality work”.
DDP Fenning said currently the tailoring shop “sews all the various types of uniforms” being used by the officers and the shoemaking shop also “produces all types of footwear, which are sold to the… public”.
He called for the placement of orders by schools and other institutions for moderate fees and delivery of quality work.
DDP Fenning described the products of the Kente weaving shop as “a delight” saying some of the products are already in the market.
He therefore encouraged the public to patronise the products and services to offer the Prison the needed financial and logistical support to enable it to train more “idle hands” for them to get self-employable skills and professions.
He said the Prison had a standing building team, which could undertake any type of building construction projects as well as cement block manufacturing venture as part of its commercial services.
He said the team had built a yet to be inaugurated clinic for their fellow inmates and prison officials.
DDP Fenning said the carpentry wing of the Prison could produce “the best and any kind of furniture and woodworks for homes, schools and offices with very moderate prices”.
DPP Fenning indicated that very soon the Prison would start a mushroom farming business and a barbering saloon as well a trade training programme to diversify the commercial activities and trade training programmes to supplement the ration of inmates and income generation.
He said that the facility served as a means for the prisoners to be successfully reintegrated into their communities after serving their terms to reduce reoffending in the society.