In pursuance of the objective to contribute to the enhancement of the reformation and integration of prisoners in Ghana, The Church of Pentecost today, Tuesday, May 11, 2021, handed over the newly constructed Ejura Prions Holding facility to the Ghana Prisons service.
The Ejura Prison facility project, which began in 2019, is one of the four holding facilities being constructed by the church to help decongest Ghanaian prisons.
The facility has an administration block, dormitories, kitchen, workshop, and a football field, among others. The facility is sited at Ejura Nkwanta in the Ashanti Region.
The commissioning ceremony, which had the Minister for Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery as the guest of honour, had in attendance the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, the General Secretary, Apostle ANY Kumi-Larbi, and the outgoing International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo.
The immediate-past Chairman of the church, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, the National Head of the Church in USA, Apostle Michael Agyemang Amoako, and the Chief of Ejura, Barimah Osei Hwedie I (who is also an elder of The Church of Pentecost) graced the event with their presence.
Addressing the gathering at the event, the Chairman said that the construction of the edifice is also the church’s way of demonstrating the love of Christ to prison inmates. He was confident that the facility would help in the reformation of prisons inmates and their subsequent reintegration into society.
He expressed gratitude to the prisons service for partnering the church to undertake this audacious project. He was also grateful to the Chief of Ejura who generously donated the land where the facility is sited.
The Chairman also acknowledged the significant financial contributions of The Church of Pentecost in USA towards the project which cost in excess of GHS2,000,000.00.
Hon. Ambrose Dery, on his part, commended the church for supporting the government’s efforts in reforming prison inmates before they are reintegrated in society.
The Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service, Mr Patrick Darko Missah, who could not hide his delight at the successful completion of the project commended the church for the project, which according to him, would help in decongesting the over-populated prisons in the country.
He revealed that the church is also constructing similar facilities at Obuasi, Damongo and Nsawam, while hinting of a sod-cutting ceremony for another facility at a new location.