Nsawam Prisons Get Factory

Deputy Ministers – Ahomka Lindsay and Henry Quartey inspecting the factory

A tissue paper
manufacturing factory has been commissioned at the Nsawam Prisons under the
government’s ‘One District, One Factory’ policy.

The facility
falls under the Nsawam/Adoagyiri Municipality of the Eastern Region.

Dubbed, ‘Project
Efiase’ and under the management of Brompton Portfolio Limited, the factory
would produce toilet rolls, tissue paper, paper towels and packaging products.

The facility is
intended to provide additional source of income to the Ghana Prisons Service
and the prison in particular.

Such income,
gathered, would be used to improve the conditions of
inmates and empower them with employable skills as part of the reformation

The Deputy
Minister of Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka-Lindsey, who commissioned the
project, remarked that the private sector as the engine of growth can count on
government support, so it can make important contribution towards national

The commissioning
of the factory, he said, is evidence of government’s commitment to empowering
the private sector to flourish. 

He charged
Ghanaians to have confidence in themselves and believe that since others have
been able to industrialise, they too can do so.

Thirty percent of
the tax garnered from the factory, he said, would be used to support the Nsawam

The National
Coordinator of the 1D1F, Gifty Konadu, who spoke at the commissioning, said the
inmates would be able to earn stipends which they can use to support their families
while in custody or save to look after themselves when they leave prison. 

She added that “apart
from enabling inmates and the Prisons Service to gain sustainable incomes the
acquisition of technical and entrepreneurial knowledge will greatly shape the
future of those, who would be engaged directly as factory hands in the
production process.”

The high suicide
rate among inmates and ex-convicts, she said, can be reduced when such persons
are encouraged to engage in productive ventures and exercise their minds in one
way or the other to regain self-confidence. 

James Yankah,
Managing Director of Brompton Portfolio Limited, on his part, said, “The
partnership between Brompton Portfolio and Ghana Prisons Service would enhance
the prison work programme to make it easy for inmates to find jobs upon their release.” 

According to him,
“It has been proven over time that inmates who are given the opportunity to
engage in prison work programmes while incarcerated find it easy to find work
once they are released. 

He explained that
the benefits of prison work programmes go deeper than just job training, adding
that the programme would offer an opportunity for inmates to develop necessary
skills such as punctuality, responsibility, deadlines and accountability.

The company has
acquired modern machinery and equipment with the capacity to produce over
160,000 packs of tissue papers and toilet rolls per month.

The toilet rolls
and tissue papers are traded under the brand name *SOFTEX*, which are also
suitable for both domestic and industrial purposes.

The total project
cost is estimated at GH¢4 million with financing provided by NIB and Ghana
Commercial Bank Limited through the facilitation of the ‘One District, One
Factory’ (1D1F) programme.

The company has
successfully received certification from the Ghana Standards Authority,
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ghana Free Zones Authority.

One hundred and five inmates at the prison and 5,500 sale distributors would be employed under the programme.

From Daniel Bampoe, Nsawam

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