The country’s lone prison facility is now equipped with a new industrial oven to support its Bakery and Inmate Rehabilitation Programme through the generous efforts of the Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. (Grenlec), the Grenada National Lotteries Authority (NLA) and other contributors.
The oven was officially dedicated last week Friday, during a ceremony at Her Majesty’s Prison at Richmond Hill, St. George.
In accepting the gift, Commissioner of Prisons, Ashley “Ram” Folkes, expressed gratitude stating, “We are thankful to receive this modern oven. A number of institutions rely on the supply of bread from the prison, that will now be readily available, and on schedule”.
The prisons’ bakery supplies baked goods to the General and Princess Alice Hospitals, Mt. Gay Mental Hospital, Richmond and Queen Elizabeth Homes.
Through its Community Partnership Initiative, Grenlec contributed nearly 80% of the project cost, which was over EC$150, 000.
Senior Manager at Grenlec, Jeffrey Neptune noted that, “A project of this nature is extremely beneficial to a number of care institutions and the wider community.
“We are pleased to know that the use of this oven, through the prisons’ Inmate Rehabilitation Programme, will also provide an opportunity for the inmates to learn a skill which they can use to become positive contributors to society upon their release,” he added.
The National Lotteries Authority should also be commended for answering the clarion call as this state-controlled body contributed to the project.
The journey for the new piece of equipment started in December 2014 when the lone oven at Her Majesty’s Prison collapsed, adversely affecting bread production.
In January 2016 a submission was made to GRENLEC through its Community Partnership Initiative 2016 for consideration.
The cost of the oven increased and the National Lotteries Authority, in keeping with their mandate agreed to assist.
The OVEN was commissioned on October 14, 2016.
Prison officials thanks the following or their assistance in commissioning the oven – GDM LINDEX ALPHA LTD, GRENVILLE CO-OPERATIVE CREDIT UNION, ADM CARIBBEAN AGRO INDUSTRIES LTD, NIXON’S ELECTRICAL SERVICES LTD. & POWER LINE.