The Liberia National Red Cross has made a donation to the Monrovia Central Prison, saying the donation comes two weeks after receiving a communication from the Inspector General of Liberia National Police (LNP) Col. Gregory Coleman, requesting the Red Cross to see reason to donate some items to the prison.
“We already had that as part of our plan, so we accepted the appeal and we decide to use today to donate few items to the prison compound,” Red Cross Emergency Response Office Daniel K. Kossigbo said Tuesday morning at the Monrovia Central Prison Compound, 5 December.
The donated items include 100 pieces of plastic mats, 100 pieces of shower slippers, 100 pieces of wooden blankets, 100 pieces of laundry soap and plastic gloves and plastic buckets.
Mr. Kossigbo says the items are not much, but they are a way of identifying with the Monrovia Central Prison, assuring that in the future, the Red Cross will always remember the Corrections Center.
“We hope that you present these things to the authority of the prison compound and make them to understand that it is our own weak way of identifying with you,” says Mr. Kossigbo.
Receiving the donation, Monrovia Central Prison Superintendent Varney G. Lake expressed appreciation to the Red Cross on behalf of the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation (BCR), saying he knows that these are things that have been discussed in high security meetings.
Mr. Lake alludes to Mr. Kossigbo’s assertions that it was through Police Inspector General Col. Coleman’s instrumentality that the intervention was made, saying he knows that they have said that behind closed doors.
Mr. Lake says the Red Cross has been making such intervention before, recalling that even before the restructuring the of the security sector, Red Cross was doing immensely well for the prison society here.
On behalf of the Correction Center here, Mr. Lake gives thanks to the Red Cross for the items provided, and assures him that Corrections will use them wisely. He says though they’re not plenty to meet up to their demand, little is much when God is in it. He says they know that where the donation comes from more will come from there again.
By Winston W. Parley