Management of the Wa station of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) on Thursday presented assorted used clothing worth GH¢1,000 to inmates of the Wa Central Prisons.
The used clothing were procured with the support of the general public to aid the inmates to appear descent in their dressing as they serve their jail terms.
Madam Judith Bagiro, the Acting Regional Director of GBC, Wa Station, said the occasion was part of activities lined up to mark the 80th Anniversary celebration of GBC in the Upper West Region.
“So the purpose today is to share the happiness of our 80th Anniversary with our brothers and sisters who unfortunately happen to be the prison inmates”, she noted.
She said the management and workers in GBC believed that being in prison was a reformatory process, which in the long run would benefit the larger society and the inmates.
Madam Bagiro noted that one critical issue in society was the need to reach out to those who deserved to be assisted in diverse ways, hence the very essence of the donation.
The Acting Director also used the opportunity to educate the people on the passage of the revised law (LI 2216), on the payment of television license fee by Parliament.
“The payment of the television license is meant to improve public broadcasting in Ghana and also an indication to demonstrate that you possessed a television set in Ghana”, she explained.
Madam Bagiro noted that many were those who sought to give different interpretations to the revised law, which required all Ghanaians to pay television license, saying the old law was only revised to conform to current high cost of operations.
She said payment of the television license fee would help improve quality delivery of public broadcasting in the region, and urged Ghanaians to make sure that they paid their television license fees regularly and promptly, to enable the GBC to deliver on its mandate.
Assistant Director of Prisons (ADP) Mr. Victor Douchebe, Upper West Regional Commander of the Wa Central Prisons, thanked GBC for the gesture, and appealed to other individuals and organizations to emulate the corporation.
He noted that government alone could not take care of prisoners, hence the need for the public to be forthcoming with donations that would make life a bit comfortable for the inmates.
He said the Wa Central Prison was established in 1920 with a population of 15 inmates, but has a current population of 190 inmates, comprising 154 convicts, 33 remands, and one condemned prisoner; a situation that had created congestion.
ADP Douchebe mentioned office and residential accommodation, as well as feeding and lack of workshops logistics as some of the challenges the prison was facing in the region, and called for support in that regard. GNA