Government has provided a total of 21 mechanised water supply systems to the Ghana Prisons Service to solve the water challenges it faces.
The water supply systems would serve the inmates and correction officers of 21 prisons across the country as part of government's 'Water for All' programme.
The beneficiaries are the Forifori Camp Prison, Ankaful Camp Prison, Ankaful Maximum Prison, Ekuasi Local Camp Prison and Hiawa Camp Prison.
The rest are Ahinsan, Ejura, Duayaw Nkwanta and Kenyasi Camp Prisons, Kumasi, Wa, and Navrongo Central Prisons, Bawku, Gambaga and Kete Krachi Local Prisons, Salaga Prison, the Ho and Nsawam Male and Female Prisons, and the Koforidua Prison.
Additionally, two new hand pumps each were installed on existing boreholes at the Nsawam Medium Security Male and Female Prisons while five existing boreholes had been completely re-mechanizsed.
One fabricated steel tank stand and 18 steel reinforced concrete pad and borehole chambers had also been constructed.
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, performing the symbolic handing-over of the water supply systems at the Kumasi Central Prisons on Wednesday, said the initiative formed part of government's Inclusive Transformational Agenda, which is to ensure that no one was left behind.
"President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is very committed and is working towards what he calls Inclusive Transformation; that we have to transform this country in a way that makes sure that nobody is left behind," the Vice President said.
"We have to include everybody in the transformation process, and when you look at the policies that the President has been rolling out since we've been in government, it is all driven by this philosophy of inclusive transformation and the fact that we shouldn't leave anybody behind."
"This is why in the education sector we are doing free SHS so that we don't leave any child behind. We're doing One Ambulance per Constituency so that no constituency is left behind. We are doing Planting for Food and Jobs across the country so that no farmer is left behind. One-District-One-factory so that no district is left behind in the industrialisation process."
"We are bringing all lepers under LEAP so that no leper in Ghana would be left behind. We are increasing the disabled allowances; making sure teacher trainees are paid, nursing trainees are paid. We want everybody to be benefiting from the prosperity that we want to generate in Ghana, and the prisoners will also not be left behind."
Vice President Bawumia promised more logistics for the Service and of government's commitment to continuing to support the Ghana Prisons Service to achieve its mandate on all fronts.
Aside the ongoing infrastructural development at the prisons, he said government's attention had been drawn to the need to improve the logistical base of the Service by providing prisoner conveyance and utility vehicles such as ambulance, water tankers, cesspit emptier and refuse disposal trucks.