Prisoners appeal to Nana Addo for water
Prisoners at Koforidua in the Eastern Regional capital of Ghana have appealed passionately to the government led by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo - Addo to come to their aide in terms of portable drinking water. They said when this is done, life at the facility would be favorable in some conditions for them to reform and become good citizen helping for the betterment of the nation.
The prisoners who spoke to Homebase TV news in the Prison Yard said life at the facility is very difficult and very challenging since the availability of drinkable water is scares appealing to the Nana Addo led government to as a matter of urgency come to their aide. This revelation was made known when the Water Resources Commission took Journalists from selected Media Houses to the facility to ascertain the water situation in the area and see how best the situation can be handled by all. The Water Resources Commission (WRC) was established by an Act of Parliament (Act 522 of 1996) with the mandate to regulate and manage Ghana's Water Resources and co-ordinate government policies in relation to them.
The Act stipulates that ownership and control of all water resources are vested in the President on behalf of the people, and clearly defines the WRC as the overall body responsible for water resources management in Ghana. The Commission, which provides a forum for integration and collaboration of different interests, is composed of the major stakeholders involved in the water sector.
Speaking to the prisoners, they shared their stories individually on how they manage the situation which has ended most of them contacting communicable diseases at the Prison facility. They are therefore appealed to the Government, Private individuals, stakeholders and benevolent organizations to come to their aide in bringing the situation under control since water is life.
The Deputy Director of Prisons who doubles as the Officer-In-Charge at the Koforidua Local Prisons, Benedict Bob – Derry said the situation is getting out of hand and must be dealt with in a timely manner to avert any unforeseen scene in the near future.He thanked the Ghana National Fire Service for always coming to their aide when the matter reaches the crescendo adding that the time has come for the challenge to be dealt with once and for all.
Story: Kofi Doe Lawson/hbtvghana.com