6th Prisons Service Council Inaugurated

The video is the Induction Service of the newly inaugurated Prisons Service Council.

Mr. Solomon Appiah has been nominated by the President of Ghana to serve on the 6th Prisons Council. The 13-member Prisons Council is chaired by Rev. Dr. Stephen Wengan whom together with Nana Baffour Okumanin and Mr. Appiah are nominees of the President of Ghana.

Other members of the Council are Mr. Samuel Amankwah from the Ministry of the Interior, Ms. Matilda Baffour –Awuah Director General of Prisons, Mr. Dominic Ayine Attorney General’s Department, Mr. Amoako Adjei Ghana Bar Association, Mr. Sampson Nii Trebi, Nana Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII of the National House of Chiefs, Mr. Leopold K. A. Ansah, Mr Salisu Aduna, Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Adusei and Mr. Benson Tongo Baba.

The 1992 Constitution provides that, there shall be established a Prisons Service Council which shall consist of:

(a) the Vice-President, who shall be chairman;

(b) the Minister responsible for internal affairs;

(c) the Director-General of the Prisons Service;

(d) a medical practitioner nominated by the Ghana Medical Association;

(e) a lawyer nominated by the Ghana Bar Association;

(f) the Attorney-General or his representative;

(g) a representative of the Ministry of or department of state responsible for social welfare;

(h) a representative of such religious bodies as the President may, in consultation with the Council of State, appoint;

(i) two members of the Prisons Service appointed by the President in consultation with the Council of State one of whom shall be of a junior rank;

(j) a representative of the National House of Chiefs; and

(k) two other members appointed by the President.

The Prisons Service Council shall advise the President on matters of policy relating to the organisation and maintenance of the prison system in Ghana including the role of the Prisons Service, prisons budgeting and finance, administration and the promotion of officers above the rank of Assistant Director of Prisons.

The Prisons Service Council may, with the prior approval of the President, by constitutional instrument, make regulations for the performance of its functions under this Constitution or any other law and for the effective and efficient administration of prisons and the Prisons Service.

Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the power to appoint persons to hold or to act in an office in the Prisons Service shall vest in the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prisons Service Council.