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Aug 16, 2013

GIFEC donates computers, cheque to Prison Service

The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), on Thursday presented 120 Desktop Computers to the Ghana Prison Service worth GHC153, 000, in Accra.

The fund also presented an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) at a cost of GHC24, 480 and a cheque of GHC25, 000 to the service.

The computers are to be distributed to the 45 branches of the Prisons service nationwide.

The donation forms part of GIFEC's Security Connectivity Project to support security services to improve their services, encourage innovations in technology development and to promote information sharing.

It is also to promote transparency and accountability and reduce bureaucracy within the service and towards the public at large, as well as providing individuals with a minimum level of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge.

Mr Kofi Attoh, Chief Executive Officer of GIFEC said the fund had so far presented over 300 computers and 500 Mobile Phones to the service.

He said GIFEC had equipped the Prisons Training School with state of the art equipment to ensure that prison officers receive training in ICT to improve their official duties.

Mr Attoh observed that since the ages of most inmates in the country's prisons ranged between 23 to 35 years, ICT could be a learning tool for their rehabilitation and reformation during their jail terms, adding, “Prison is not just for punishment but also for rehabilitation and reformation.”

Ms Matilda Baffour Awuah, Acting Director of the Ghana Prison Service, who received the donation, said the computers would go a long way to help the service.

She said the computers would link the Prisons to other sister security services like the Police to effectively help in the discharge of their duties.

Ms Awuah thanked GIFEC for the gesture and appealed to them to continue supporting the Service and assured that the computers would be used for the intended purpose

Beneficiaries of the Security Connectivity Project are the Ghana Prison Service, Ghana Army, Bureau of National Investigations, Ghana National Fire Service and the National Disaster Management Organization.

Source: GNA