BY MUNTALLA INUSAH | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MANAGEMENT of the James Camp Prison, in collaboration with their partners, has commissioned a sachet and bottled water factory christened ‘Campers Natural Mineral Water.’
The initiative forms part of efforts to project the commercial potential of the service to the general public and position it as a strategic partner and candidate for government’s flagship programme, ‘One District, One Factory (1D1F)’.
At a short ceremony to commission the project, on the theme: ‘James Camp Prison In Collaboration With Private Stakeholders, Setting The Tone For 1D1F: The Ghana Prisons Service Perspective For Sustainable Skills Development And Entrepreneurial Training for Inmates; And Projecting The Commercial Potential Of The Service,’ the Acting Regional Commander of the service, Deputy Director of Prisons Patience Baffoe Bonnie, noted that the project was “born out of the station’s objective to transform the James Camp Prison into the industrial hub of the Ghana Prison Service”.
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Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, who was the Special Guest of Honour, lauded the management of the prison and stakeholders for coming up with such a laudable initiative and stressed the need for Ghana to industrialize its economy.
“We will go nowhere if we don’t industrialize. Industrialization is the only way a country must go,” he stated..
He called on the service and its stakeholders to formally enrol under the 1D1F programme of the government so they could enjoy some wonderful incentives, adding that it was important that Ghanaians loved and patronized made-in-Ghana goods, as this would greatly boost the economy of the country.
“Let’s enjoy what we produce as a country. Let us have that feel – that affinity to what we have as a country,” he charged.
The Director General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Patrick Darko Missah, said objectives of the project included building a sustainable training programme for officers and inmates to learn how to operate the machinery and equipment used in the production process.
He said it was also to create public awareness of what the service, in collaboration with the private sector, could achieve and develop and sustain a vibrant market for all prison product lines as well as generate income for the service to supplement government’s efforts in the upkeep of prison inmates.
“The intention of the Ghana Prisons Service is to take advantage of the favourable business environment to enhance its income generating activities as a result of abundant labour, fertile land suitable for commercial agriculture and extensive land space for the establishment of modern industries and facilities,” he noted.