How Some Ghanaians Are Reacting Hilariously To The Pentecost Church Prison Debate

Arial view of the prison. Photo credit: The Church of Pentecost

Another quasi religious debate is currently brewing on Twitter.

It is an argument about the prison facility constructed by The Church of Pentecost and handed over to the government.

The church funded and constructed a multi-purpose prison facility at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.

The facility, described as one of a kind in the country, was constructed at the cost of GHS3.2 million.

The fully furnished three-dormitory block with the capacity to accommodate 300 inmates also comprises an administration block, a chapel which will also serve as a classroom, football pitch, baptistry, modern washrooms, mechanized borehole, offices, infirmary, workshops, and other auxiliary facilities.

The dormitory of the prison. Photo credit: The Church of Pentecost

According to the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, there are three similar prison facilities at various stages of completion at Nsawam, Obuasi, and Damango, all funded by the church in its zeal to partner government to decongest the nation’s prisons facilities and to equip inmates with skills to better integrate them into society after serving their jail terms.

People have been raising concerns as to why the church would spend its money building a prison when there are still schools under trees, many villages and communities with non-existent health facilities or young people who could be employed to do factory work if a processing company was established with those millions of cedis.

The washroom of the prison. Photo credit: The Church of Pentecost

However, others are countering that argument by stating the record of the church in the many schools it has already built, its recent support of the government in the fight against COVID-19 and other business ventures owned by the church. Plus, people believe nobody has a right to tell a church and its members what to do with their money.

Also, they make a compelling case that since the government is not doing anything to stop overcrowding in our prisons, this is a welcome gift to the state.

Meanwhile, there are others who have found a hilarious side to the conversation and are bringing out their best bants even in the midst of the debate.


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