BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | email@example.com
THE MINISTER of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD), Mrs Elizabeth Afoley Quaye, has made a personal donation of GH¢10, 000 to support a sachet water production project being embarked on by the inmates of the James Camp Prisons.
“I’m making to you a personal donation of GH¢10, 000 towards the water production project you are undertaking. Yes, I’m donating GH¢10,000 for that. It is to show appreciation for the good work Madam Patience Baffoe-Bonnie is doing and this is dear to my heart. As a mother, I want to help the youth and we are both women. I’m impressed about your work and God bless you.
“I appreciate the dedication of the OIC; she is the dreamer and the doer of her wonderful job and heart desires to touch lives. What I believe in as a Minister is that you cannot live your life paying attention to yourself alone; but you also do what God wants you to do to touch lives,” she said.
Mrs Quaye, who is also the Member of Parliament for Krowor constituency in the Accra metropolis, said this when she was addressing a gathering of prison officers, prisoners and the media, as well as officers from the MoFAD, during the maiden tilapia harvest at the James Camp Prison.
More skills training for effective reintegration
Mrs Baffoe-Bonnie, Officer in-charge (OIC) of the prisons, who doubles as the Deputy Director of Prisons (DDP) and the Acting Greater Accra Regional Prisons Commander, called the Minister’s attention to a few other things that “we do to reform, rehabilitate and reintegrate inmates into the larger society.”
According to her, “with the agric sector, inmates are taught modern techniques of farming, especially the growing of vegetables, and the rearing of livestock and poultry”.
She said the traditional training programmes, including block moulding, carpentry, masonry, tailoring, have been expanded to include fashion and designing and sewing of security service uniforms. There were also shoe making and skills on electrical.
On the issue of modern industrial activities, she said the inmates were taken through kente weaving, batik, tie-and-dye, wig weaving, bridal accessories and fascinators. Others were bead making, door and bedside mat production, canopy making, sachet water production, barbering, bamboo works and aquarium construction.
“Currently, we have a new product specially designed for uniforms to be launched next month and we humbly entreat the general public to patronize it,” the OIC further stated.
She urged the media, “to take a look at our various projects and inform the general public about our laudable efforts.”
Aquaculture for Food and Jobs
This year, MoFAD collaborated with the RAANAN Fish Feed to revamp and stock the James Camp Prison fish pond with 1,600 fingerlings of tilapia and also donated 235 bags of RAANAN fish feed leading to the harvest today.
The AF&J started in 2018 with a series of workshops for stakeholders to buy into the idea. Implementation of the whole programme began in 2018, when the Ministry approved of the pilot implementation of ‘One district, one Illustration per region’.
The pilot programme began in the Ashanti Region in April this year (2019). Pentecost Youth fish farmers of New Edubiase in the Adansi-South District and Osei Tutu Senior High School were selected for the pilot programme.
MoFAD has so far constructed 10 (500m2) ponds for groups and four (500m2) ponds for the schools while stocking of tilapia and catfish and the supply of fish feed will be done this month (September).