By Ramatoulie Jawo
Honourable, Seyaka Sonko, Minister of Interior wants to a new prison to be built to decongest the country’s central prison.
He said inmates are too much at the Mile 2 central prison that is why keeping them is always a problem.
“That is why we want to build a new prison so that we can move mile 2 prison to Jeshwang. Because looking at the bad records and the bad conditions at the central Mile 2 prison is something else,” he said.
“The inmates are human beings like everyone else, so they need to be taken care of. The prison should be a rehabilitation center but not a place were people can be suffering,” he said.
The Minister said all he wants is to make sure anyone who is taken to prison comes out with some skills.
“We will need your support for funding to build the prison,” he appealed.
He called on the honourable members to support them with funding in the budget so that they could maintain the prison in a good condition.
He also highlighted the importance of building prison at hospital zone saying, “when inmates are sick you can easily take them to the hospital for proper treatment.”
Honourable Muhammed Kandeh, a member of the committee urged the minister to take security issues very serious because security is very important for every developing country .
The Minister made the remarks before the National Assembly standing committee on Defence and Security, while presenting the activity report of his ministry on Wednesday.