Ex-convict Ohene Agyekum is picking up his life after Crime Check Foundation, CCF through Newcastle and Ghana Black Stars winger, Christian Atsu supported him to re-integrate into society. He now owns a sewing business.
Mr. Agyekum received two industrial sewing machines worth Two Thousand Six Hundred Ghana Cedis and a cash amount of Four Thousand Ghana Cedis from Crime Check Foundation, CCF to enable him re-integrate into society after he was sacked from his previous job.
The middle-aged man was sentenced to prison in 2015 to serve a two year jail term at the Koforidua Prison and was later transferred to the Awutu Camp Prisons. Recounting his journey to prison, Mr. Agyekum said he was jailed for his failed attempt to invest his boss’s money into a car business. His sentence to prison he said, cost him his job and marriage.
“I used to sell computers and its accessories for my boss who lived abroad. Later on, I thought of investing the profit from the computers into buying and selling of cars so that when I make my profit, I can send my boss’s money to him. I had a school mate in Korea through whom I bought the cars. My first attempt was successful but my friend failed me on the second attempt. My failure to get him his money landed my in jail.” He narrated to crimecheckghana.
Through hard work, the ex-convict said he has been given a contract by the Ghana Police Service and he is hoping to expand the business. “I sew uniforms for all the security agencies including private ones. The Police Service has handed me a huge contract to sew their kits. I am now contemplating adding another shop and employing more apprentices to help me.” He said.
He was grateful for the support as he believes it has saved him from causing harm to himself. “I thank you very much for making this possible. May God bless Christian Atsu for coming to my aid.” He prayed.
CCF is appealing to the public to support the Ex-convict Re-integration project aimed at rehabilitating ex-convicts.