Prison upgrade Ghana to develop a prison inmate location system

"It’s a simple tool to help everybody, especially the families of remand prisoners to locate their relation"

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 Ghana Investment Fund for Electronics Communications (GIFEC) is to develop a prison-inmate location system to enable relatives of inmates have information on where their relations have been remanded.

 The initiative will also enable family members of remand prisoners  know the date their kindred are arrested, the police station they are kept, the exact court presiding over the case and their next court appearance.

Mr Kobby Acheampong, the new Administrator of GIFEC, speaking at a press soiree in Accra, said the initiative is to track remand prisoners who have been forgotten.

The system to be developed would be handled by institutions like the judiciary, Ghana Prisons Service and the Ghana Police Service.

 "It’s a simple tool to help everybody, especially the families of remand prisoners to locate their relation," Koby Acheampong said.

He said GIFEC has discussed the initiative with the Parliamentary Select Committee on Security and they are in the process of developing the guidelines to roll-out the programme.

GIFEC has been in operation since 2005. Its mandate among others is to provide access to electronic services including ICT, broadcasting, internet, multimedia services and basic technology to the under-served communities in Ghana.  

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