Leading exploration and production company, Kosmos Energy, has commissioned the second phase of the Hunger Relief Projects for the James Camp Prison, Senior Correctional Centre and Light Outreach Foundation, a Christian charity organization.
The project involved the construction of snail, mushroom farming structure and irrigation facility as well as land preparation for vegetable farming.
It also saw the training of beneficiaries in management and operation of the structures.
The training, which focused on agronomy, farm management, packaging, records keeping, marketing and sales of produce from project, saw some 105 persons trained in the operation and management of the mushroom project, 98 under the snail project and 97 under the irrigation project.
In an interview with Citi Business News, Senior Vice President and Head of Ghana Business Unit, Kosmos Energy, Joe Mensah said “the aim for the project was to cushion the destitute and provide sustainable access to food due to the impact of COVID-19 globally on many organisations as well as the vulnerable in society.”
He added that a donation to 400 vulnerable households in selected communities registered under government’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty programme had been carried.
He expressed hope that the commitment and support of Kosmos Energy would go a long way to enhance the efforts of prison management towards overcoming the impact of COVID-19 on their livelihoods.
For the next six months, the Senior Vice President said his outfit would continue to support the project through monitoring and guidance to ensure its sustainability.
For the Mushroom Project, a total of 42 officers and 42 inmates from James Camp Prison and Senior Correctional Centre trained, whereas, 21 participants from Light Outreach Foundation trained.
On the Irrigation Project, a total of 38 officers and 38 inmates from James Camp Prison and Senior Correctional Centre trained, while 21 participants from Light Outreach Foundation trained.
The Snail Project saw 40 inmates and officers at James Camp Prison trained, 38 inmates and officers at Senior Correctional Centre trained and 20 inmates from Light Outreach Foundation trained.
Assistant Director of Prisons Millicent Owusu, Senior Correctional Centre, expressed appreciation to the company as the projects had been beneficial to the inmates and officers alike, and said a total of 30 officers and 60 inmates at the Senior Correctional Centre alone had been trained in various skills to operate and manage the projects.