A tissue paper manufacturing company, set up to assist in the reformation of prisoners’ agenda of the government, has started operating in the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons, under the One District, One Factory (1D1F) project.
The company, Brompton Portfolio Limited, will produce toilet rolls, tissue papers, paper towels and packaging products for both domestic and industrial use. These products will be traded under the brand name SOFTEX.
The cost of the project, according to company officials, is estimated at GH¢4 million which was secured from the National Investment Bank and GCB Bank through the facilitation of the 1D1F programme. Brompton Portfolio entered into a joint venture agreement with the Ghana Prisons Service to set up a commercial toilet paper manufacturing plant, with the aim of assisting in the reformation of prisoners countrywide.
The company has since received certification from the Ghana Standards Authority, Environmental Protection Agency, and Ghana Free Zones Authority. It has the capacity to produce over 160,000 packs of tissue paper and toilet roll per month, and provide 105 jobs for the inmates of the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons, as well as 5,500 distributors across the country.
Commissioning the factory at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons in the Nsawam Adoagyir Municipality last Tuesday, the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka-Lindsey, said the private sector, as the engine of growth, could count on government support to enable it make important contributions towards national development.
The coming on stream of Brompton Portfolio, he noted, is evidence of the government’s commitment to support the private sector to grow.
He charged Ghanaians to have the can do spirit, believing that once others have been able to do it, they too could do same. 30% of government’s tax generated from the factory, according to Ahomka-Lindsey, would be used to support the upkeep of the Nsawam Prisons.
The factory, he added, will be replicated in other regions to ensure that inmates in those regions also benefit.
The National Coordinator of the 1D1F, Mrs. Gifty Ohene-Konadu, commenting on the factory, said the government is committed to reforming prisoners to enable society get the best from them, hence, the Prisons Service’s partnership with Brompton to set up a factory in the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons.
She said the inmates at the Nsawam Medium Prisons would earn some stipends, which they could use to support their upkeep and that of their families while in custody, or save to look after themselves when they leave the prison, after serving the number of years slapped on them.
On his part, the Managing Director of Brompton Portfolio Limited, Mr. James Yankah, said the partnership between his outfit and the Ghana Prisons Service would enhance the prison work programme, to enable them achieve their reformation agenda, since it will now be easier for inmates to find jobs after serving their prison terms.