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Attorney General Firdaus on prison social program

Dec 17, 2009, 12:52 PM | Article By: Sainey MK Marenah & Alieu Jabang

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marie Saine-Firdaus on behalf of Ousman Sonko, the Interior Minister, has said that the Gambia Prison Services has built skill centres for the training of interested and willing prisoners to learn trades during their term in prison.

These include a tailoring workshop for adult prisoners where experienced and non-experienced convicted prisoners are trained.

This was an answer to a question by Hon. Sedia Jatta, Member for Wuli West about what social programme exist in the prison system which are designed to give education or skill training to prisoners in accordance with capacity.

She revealed that some of the uniforms of the inmates are sewn by prisoners as part of their training, adding in addition to the tailoring workshops, interested convicted prisoners are also trained in the different skills, such as Motor Mechanic, Carpentry, Masonry, Electrical Wiring Wielding and Plumbing.

She added that juvenile prisoners are equally trained in tailoring, carpentry and other skill during their term in prisons stressing that plans are under way to build in the near future, a modern multi skills training centre at Jeshwang Prison Camp.

Asked by Hon. Babanding K.K. Daffeh, Member for Kiang Central about the amount of money paid by commercial vehicles to the Ministry of Interior, collected on behalf of municipalities or councils during the year 2009, she answered that a total amount of D20, 817,415.00 collected and paid to the appropriate account at the Central Bank.