Mr Yaw Akrasi Sarpong, the Executive Secretary of the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB), has lauded the “National Stop Crime Campaign” initiative being championed by Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, the “Ambassador Extraordinaire” of Prisons.
He advised the “Ambassador Extraordinaire” to continue with the campaign to better educate the public on the dangers of involvement in crime.
Mr Sarpong made these commendations, when Mr Kwarteng paid a courtesy call on him in his office in Accra.
The visit was to seek audience with the NACOB Boss and also discuss his upcoming television show titled: "Time with the prisoner" to be aired on Ghana Television and obtain support for his campaign.
The Ghana Prisons Service Council conferred on Mr Kwarteng, "Ambassador Extraordinaire" for his dedication in projecting the welfare of prisoners and the deplorable prison conditions across the country.
He called on Mr Kwarteng, who is also the Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation, to put in place a strong management team for the initiative.
Mr Sarpong said no one should be allowed to suffer any inhuman conditions in the prisons and urged Mr Kwarteng to challenge all Members of Parliament to sponsor messages on crime prevention in the country.
“Stigmatization of prisoners must stop, prisoners must be shown compassion,” he added.
He also called on the “Ambassador Extraordinaire” to institute a monitoring mechanism to check the progress of the campaign.
Mr Kwarteng said the campaign was to educate the youth about the deplorable prison conditions to deter them from engaging in crime.
Mr Kwarteng later told the Ghana News Agency that he would take the campaign to churches, schools and mosques to share with the public the living conditions of prisoners.
“Majority of the youth do not have any idea about prison living conditions,” he said.
Mr Kwarteng's latest documentary on prison conditions titled: “A Neglected Potential”, moved the President, John Dramani Mahama to the Nsawam prison to see at firsthand, the deplorable living conditions to enable him push for a higher budgetary allocation for the Prisons Service.
He said over the years not much has been done to project the plight of the service, hence his interest to focus on the prisons.
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