Today was read the STATEMENT of THE MID-YEAR REVIEW of the BUDGET STATEMENT AND ECONOMIC POLICY and SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES of the GOVERNMENT OF GHANA for the 2015 FINANCIAL YEAR presented to PARLIAMENT on TUESDAY, 21ST JULY, 2015 by SETH E. TERKPER, MINISTER FOR FINANCE on the Authority of H. E. JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA.
Under section 33, the minister made mention of Project Efiase. He stated:
Recall His Excellency’s visit to the Nsawam Prisons after participating in the Efiase Project. As he observed, it is another area of supreme humanitarian need that requires Government action. Every effort is being made by relevant MDAs to reprioritize expenditures to complement the promise of GH¢50 million assistance to enable us respond to these needs appropriately. Plans are also being put in place, including the alignment of IGFs and statutory funds to mitigate the risk of similar future disasters.
The Honourable minister forgot to qualify the President’s visit as historic—leading the way for the US President to do same on July 17 i.e. two full weeks AFTER President Mahama’s Nsawam Prison visit. But that aside, it is gratifying to note that Project Efiase was launched by H. E. John Dramani Mahama President of the Republic of Ghana under the auspices of the 6th Prisons Council. As the chair of the planning committee for this project, the above statement by our finance minister reassures my hope that this project well supported by government, the private sector as well as ordinary well meaning citizens … and also well implemented by the Prisons Service who will be guided by the 10-year strategic development plan, has the potential to transform the fortunes of inmates, officers and the Prisons Service as a whole—making it a beacon of correctional and reformational excellence within our globe.
His Excellency nailed it when he describes the need in our prisons as ‘supreme humanitarian’ and in need of action and it is good to know that every effort is being made and plans being put in place to galvanize tangible government support.
Full statement of the minster is available for download here: 2015-Mid-Year-Review-Speech-210715