The Men’s Fellowship of the Cape Coast Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church has donated assorted items in support of the upkeep of inmates at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison.
The items, worth GH₵3,000.00 included large quantities of tooth brush and paste, boxes of soap, and toilet rolls.
Making the presentation, Pastor Isaac Boateng, Head Pastor of the Church, said the donation formed part of the Church’s social responsibility of contributing towards the care of those in prison custody.
He said as Christians, they were enjoined by their faith to show generosity to those in need, the poor, the suffering and the socially disadvantaged to make them feel part of the society.
Many people, he noted, were in prisons for crimes they did not commit and called on the society to avoid stigmatisation and the social exclusion of ex-convicts.
The Church had been visiting the prisons to preach the word of God to the inmates to help them to desist from their bad ways after regaining their freedom.
Pastor Boateng advised the youth to be submissive and listen to their parents and also ensure that they made the right decisions to avoid running into trouble with the law.
Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) Daniel Machator, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Prisons, thanked the Fellowship for the gesture, saying “donations like this always come to us as a great relief”.
He said it was only through such acts that the inmates felt loved and had the conviction that the society had them in mind and so they needed to change their behaviours to conform to acceptable social standards.
He said there was the need for the public to do more to aid in the reformation of prisoners and their integration into the society.
For this reason, he urged the public to desist from sending contraband to inmates, adding that, such practice did not help in transforming the inmates.
“The prisoner is here because we want him to reform from unacceptable behaviour, so when you send marijuana and other contraband to them here, it means you are not helping in reforming the inmates and they will come back to haunt the society,” he added
ASP Machator said the amount of feeding grant the government provided for the upkeep of the inmates was woefully inadequate, and called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), religious bodies and other philanthropic organisations to reach out to the prisons to supplement what government offered in the upkeep of inmates.