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The Minister of Justice visits Kumba

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The secretary of state in charge of penitentiary administration in the ministry of justice was in Kumba on Saturday December 8th 2012. Mr. Doh Jerome was on a brief contact visit to the Kumba Production  Prison during which he said he was satisfied with the conduct and management of the prison despite difficulties faced.

The superintendent of  the Kumba Production Prison,Mr.Fopa Thierry Joel giving an address

Mr.Doh Jerome added that the government has embarked on a vast renovation and construction of prisons in the country. He advised the staff to be diligent and beware of unethical behaviour which might lead them to risk of facing judicial sanctions like going to prison. To the inmates, Mr. Doh  advised them to serve their various terms as they are just passing in the prison and not to live there forever, they are sent there in order to be responsible persons tomorrow.

the superintendent leads the secretary of state and his entourage in a tour of the prison yard

The secretary of state, Mr Doh Jerome with the D.O of Kumba 1,Mr Ndikum Clement behind him

the Secretary of state saluts the Government Delegate to the Kumba City Council and the Mayor of Kumba I Council

The prisoners showcase their various talents

The superintendent of the Kumba production prison, Mr. Thierry Fopa a gave the working conditions in the prison and the difficulties they face; like the need of a generator to aid during power failure, general rehabilitation of the prison, construction of some new cells, bore holes for water supply, elevation of the prison walls and watch towers in existence, modern kitchen, multipurpose hall for workshops and others. Constructions and equipment of infirmaries in the prison, rehabilitate the warders’ barracks, replacement of the old grinding mills in the prison among others.

The inmate get some useful advice from the Secretary of state on how to carry on with life in prison

This brief contact visit also led to the signing of a partnership between the ministry and the Kumba I  Council to help train the inmates so that they can be useful to themselves and the society at the end of their prison terms.

by Keyna Metuge

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