The Ashanti Regional Minister Hon. Simon Osei Mensah, in his few days of office after swearing in, has visited various security bigwigs in the region.
In his two days visit and introductory tour, the minister in an interview with the press indicated that, its outfit is prepared to meet the various challenges facing security persons in the region in order to curb the circumstance.
He said, there cannot be effective work done when there is lack of security apparatus, stating that, the Custom Divisions, Ghana Police Service and the Prisons Service need massive attention and extension.
He continued that, prisoners must enjoy freedom at all cost ,although, some have been convicted, meanwhile, money given to the convicted prisoners daily, thus 1.80pesewas must be reconsidered as a matter of urgency, since he believes could not sustained the prisoners for their survival.
The regional commander for the prisons service, DDP Lord Nii Boye Taggoe on his part stated that, he is honoured for the minister’s visit but appealed through him to the president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reconsider the inmates of over 2000, who only live in a single cubicle where they are at times parked parallel against vertical, whereby their cases worsen during the night and need much attention.
He commended the minister and his vice for their concern, therefore, urged other stakeholders to as soon as possible come to their aid, adding that, food items and other amenities have become a burden for the service over some years, whilst challenging the minister to be proactive in order to be able to solve their problems.
By: Kelly Fred Nyame (Regional Correspondent- Ashanti)