Muslim inmates at the Tamale Central Prisons received 1,500 packs of cooked food, 500 bottles of assorted drinks and 250 bottles of Voltic mineral drinking water donated by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Northern Regional Chairman, Mr. Baantima Mohammed Samba.

The items were presented to the prison authorities by the wife of Chairman Samba together with the NPP Director of communications, Mr. Sule Salifu and a Special Aide to Mr. Baantima Samba on his behalf on Monday. 

The gesture was a personal support of Mr. Samba to the inmates to celebrate the Islamic (Eid) festivity after the holy month of spiritual cleansing.

Muslims across Ghana ended this year’s Ramadan fast over the weekend and commemorated the Eid-ul-Fitr celebration. 

According to Mr. Sule Salifu, this prompted the NPP Chairman to show compassion to the inmates particularly those who had to endure the fasting from dawn to dust in the prison.

He noted such benevolence encourages the inmates to be positive minded and not feel abandoned and neglected by the society, especially during festive seasons. 

Mr Salifu added that the Chairman and the NPP in the northern region are very much concerned about the wellbeing of those incarcerated and promised their continuous support to them.

He indicated the global pandemic crisis has affected the country’s economy just like any other country in the world and therefore advised the inmates to be self-disciplined in the wake of the coronavirus as they abide by the safety guidelines.

Mr Salifu said as much as possible the inmates should practice the frequent hand washing under running water and also adhere to physical distancing measure.  

For his part, the Special Aide to the Chairman, Mr. Yussif Toyibu popularly known as Agenda reiterated the need for the prisoners to observe the recommended protocols to prevent themselves against the COVID-19 disease as they celebrated the Eid.

Management of the Tamale Central Prisons after receiving the food items on behalf of the inmates commended Chairman Samba for his unflinching support to the facility since the outbreak of the virus. 

They believe the constant affection cannot be quantified in monetary terms and underscored the impact of it in the process of reforming the inmates.

However, the prison management appealed for more of such interventions and support to keep the place running.