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The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has sworn into office the 13-member Governing Council of the Ghana Prisons Service in Accra.

The new Council will be chaired by Most Rev Peter Paul Yelezuome Angkyier, Catholic Bishop of Damango and includes the Minister for the Interior, Hon Ambrose Dery, and Buipe-Wura Mahama Abdulai Jinapor II.

Below is the full list of the new membership of the Prisons Service Council:

1. Most Rev Peter Paul Yelezuome Angkyier – Chairman

2. Ambrose Dery, Ministry of Interior

3. Patrick Darko Missah (DGP), Ghana Prisons Service

4. Dr Frank Ankobea, Ghana Medical Association

5. Kwasi Amoako Adjei, Ghana Bar Association

6. Mrs. Yvonne Akakora-Obuobia, Minister of Justice& Attorney General’s Department

7. Myles Ongoh , Department of Social Welfare

8. Rev Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, Christian Council of Ghana

9. Samuel Akampare Akolbire (DDP), Senior Officers Rep.

10. Dorcas Bonnah (CO), Subordinate Officers Rep.

11. Buipe–wara Mahama Abdulai Jinapor II, National House of Chiefs

12. Sarah M. Adetola, President’s nominee

13. Matilda Baffour-Awuah, President’s nominee

The Vice President charged the new Council to be mindful of the rise in population and the increasing trend of crime and take steps towards transforming the prisons into centres of reformation and rehabilitation.

Dr. Bawumia added that the Government is committed to the passage of the Prisons Bill and will work with all stakeholders to both re-tool the Prisons Service and work towards the introduction of non-custodial sentencing alternatives to decongest the prisons.

Most Rev. Peter Paul Yelezuome Angkyier hails from Monyupelle, Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana. He was born on 26th November 1961 in his native village.

From September 1996 to June 2000 Bishop Angkyier studied at the Institute of Psychology of The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome obtaining a Licentiate in clinical psychology and formation work. Returning to Ghana in September 2000, he was appointed lecturer and spiritual Director of the newly established St. Augustine’s Millennium Major Seminary (the Philosophicum of the Tamale Ecclesiastical province) from 2000 to 2003.

From June 2002 till February 2009, Bishop Angkyier was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Damongo. He was the Episcopal Vicar for the Socio-Economic Development of the diocese (2002 to 2009) and the Administrator of the diocesan Secretariat (2003 to 2009).

Other responsibilities and offices held Bishop Angkyier include:

• Diocesan Vocations Team Leader, Diocesan Coordinator Department of Pastoral Care.

• Member of the Ecclesiastical Province ongoing formation Team (2002 to date);

• Member of the Tamale Ecclesiastical Province – Munster Partnership Committee (2000 to 20008).

• Priest in charge of the Counselling and Therapy Centre;

• Diocesan Coordinator of the family Life Apostolate.

Radio Angelus News

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