Moslem prison officers at the Nsawam Prisons in the Eastern Region have urged chiefs and traditional office holders in Zongo communities of the country to put in place human-centered and traditional measures which will be a major means to fight against acts of violence and criminal activities of people in their communities.
According to the Iman of Nsawam Prison facility, Superintendent Mohammed Muklitar Adam, who spoke on behalf of the officers, the time has come for all the chiefs, stakeholders, opinion, traditional and religious leaders in Zongos to collaborate to intensify education for their people against committing crimes and violence.
He expressed concern about the myriad violence and criminalities in Moslem communities, especially on the numerous arrests of young people in the Zongo communities for involving in violent and criminal activities that were dissipating resources and energies of the top echelons of Moslems.
He stressed that it was very ‘disgraceful and distressing’ to read and hear in the print and electronic media of arrest(s) of Moslem youth for perpetrating heinous crimes that sometimes landed them in the prison.
Superintendent Adam expressed these sentiments when the Ga West and North Council of Zongo Chiefs donated items to Moslem inmates who are serving their jail terms at the Nsawam Prison on Friday, May 17, 2018.
The items, which were bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, bags of gari and boxes of Gino tomato paste, were donated by the Ga West and North Zongo chiefs as part of efforts to observe this year’s prayer and fasting (Ramadan) season.
He urged other chiefs and traditional office holders in the country to emulate the kind gesture of the Ga West and North Council of Zongo Chiefs.
According to him, management of the Nsawam Prison was grateful for the donation.
“This donation is telling us that you the chiefs are the leaders of the communities, so if you go there you must go and advise your people not to do wrong and unlawful things that will end up landing them into prison.
“So we believe that if everybody is listening to us about what these chiefs from the Zongo communities in Ga West and North in the Greater Accra Region have done, we are saying that they have done it to minimise the crime rates in their communities,” Superintendent Adam stated.
In this regard, the prison officer urged the youth in the country to desist from the acts that will end up sending them to jail.
For his part, Chairman of the Ga West and North Council of Zongo Chiefs, Alhaji Bukari Hamidu Kabori, indicated the chiefs ‘commitment to ensuring that the act of violence and criminal activities are minimised in their communities.
According to him, they had already initiated a number of human-centered programmes and steps, which were helping to change lives of some Moslems
who were freed from the prisons.
“We will; continue to do more educational programmes for our people which help them to say no to violence and criminalities,” Alhaji Kabori assured.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU,
BACK FROM NSAWAM, EASTERN REGION