By Lewis S. Teh
Information Minister Ledgerhood J. Rennie says the Government of Liberia is concerned about the unhealthy conditions prisoners are faced with currently at the Monrovia Central Prison.
“The cabinet has endorsed the construction of a new prison facility in Brewerville that will host about 6,000 inmates”, he reveals and adds “We’re aware of the unhealthy conditions at the Monrovia Central Prison, and as a government, we are doing everything in our powers to relocate the prison facility.”
Minister Rennie made the disclosure in a special press conference held at the ministry. He says during a recent cabinet meeting called by President Weah, the Ministry of Justice briefed the cabinet about challenges and how they are working with international partners to mitigate them.
The cabinet, therefore, instructs the following that while we await funding for the construction of a new prison facility, that means we will have sufficient space for people who will be accommodated at the prison, he adds.
At the same time, Minister Rennie also disclosed that 40,000 disadvantaged youths are set to benefit from rehabilitation and capacity-building programs across the country.
He notes on the question of disadvantaged youths across the country, the Ministry of Youth and Sports working with the UN System has developed an action plan to address issues confronting young men and women in the country. Editing by Jonathan Browne