The Church of Pentecost commissioned a new multi-purpose prison facility for the Ghana Prisons Service at Ejura in Ghana’s Ashanti Region. The Church of Pentecost funded in entirety the building of the new Ejura Prison Camp facility at a project cost of GHS3.3 million. The complex has a fully-furnished, three-dormitory block has the capacity to accommodate 300 inmates and has an administration block, a chapel (which will also double as a classroom), football pitch, baptistry, modern washrooms, mechanized borehole water system, offices, an infirmary, workshops, and other auxiliary facilities.
Speaking at the commissioning event on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Chairman of Governing Council of the Church of Pentecost Apostle Eric Nyamekye said the building of the facility was inspired by the agenda of the church to possess the nations. Apostle Nyamekye said notwithstanding the Church of Pentecost’s own infrastructural deficits and challenges, the church leadership was inspired to undertake the project, spurred on by the scripture in Hebrews 13:3.
“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
“As part of the church’s Vision 2023 and in line with the global conviction, that every country’s prison system should move from being punitive (retribution) to being corrective (reformation), we planned to support the Ghana Prisons Service in carrying out its mandate of primarily reforming our convicted brothers and sisters who have to find themselves there for one reason or the other.”— Apostle Eric Nyamekye | Chairman, Governing Council, Church of Pentecost Worldwide
Apostle Nyamekye assured Ghanaians that Church of Pentecost would continue to work in partnership with the Ghana government to deliver the church’s mandate Ghanaians, as has been the case over the years. He recalled major social interventions the Church of Pentecost had undertaken over the past two years as part of its vision to transform lives and society. They include the building of police stations, providing mechanized borehole water facilities in rural communities, building community clinics, the Environmental Care Campaign to Clean Ghana and skills and livelihood training among several others.
“After all, that is the essence of the love of Christ made manifest to all humankind.”— Apostle Eric Nyamekye
The Ejura Prison Camp was jointly commissioned by Ghana’s Interior Minister Mr. Ambrose Dery, Chairman of the Church of Pentecost Apostle Eric Nyamekye, and Chief of Ejura, Barima Nana Osei Hwedie II. Mr. Ambrose Dery applauded the leadership of the Church of Pentecost for its vision and generosity. Mr. Dery noted that the facility had been built to specifications and provided workshops to support training and reformation of inmates. He underlined the fact that correction practice globally had evolved from punitive to offender reformation and rehabilitation to ensure proper integration of ex-convicts into society.
“With the construction of this magnificent prison facility, The Church of Pentecost has shown and demonstrated that the gospel is a living word and that Christ hates sin but loves the sinner.”Mr. Ambrose Dery | Minister of the Interior, Government of Ghana
At the time of crafting the vision 2023 for the church in 2018, the Ghana Prisons Service was experiencing acute overcrowding in their holding facilities across Ghana. Available statistics suggested an inmate population of 14,855 for an authorized maximum capacity of 9,875 prisoners which was over 50% beyond the normal capacity. By end of April 2021, there were 13,081 prisoners in facilities meant to hold a maximum of 9,945 inmates.
Three similar prison facilities are currently at various stages of completion are being built in Nsawam, Obuasi, and Damango, all of which are funded by the church in its commitment to work in partnership with government to decongest the Ghana’s prisons and equip inmates with skills for better integration into society after serving jail terms.