The Government has taken strong exception to the demonstration staged by prison officers from the Kumasi Central prisons in the Ashanti Region on Wednesday September 15.

The prison officers abandoned their duty posts to demonstrate against what they described as the woeful and inadequate upward adjustment in their salaries in relative to what their colleagues in the Police Service receive as far as the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure is concerned. The Prison Officers locked the main gate of the Prison and all entries points to the Region's Penitentiary.

The Prison Officers said they have been given a raw deal under the new pay policy. However the government is not happy with the prison officers for hitting the streets.

Deputy Information Minister James Agyenim Boateng said National Security and the Interior Ministry are to begin investigations into the matter and officers found culpable will be severely punished.

“They are not allowed to go on demonstration or to do what they did this morning. We take serious exception to this morning’s development not because they are in disagreement but the manner in which they expressed their disagreement…these are issues that go beyond rules of engagement of security personnel and National security and the Interior ministry will take a close and serious look at the issue and those found to have gone outside the law will be squarely brought to book”.

The Chief Executive of the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, George Smith Graham, told Citi News that he was shocked to hear that the officers were demonstrating.

According to him there is no basis for the comparison the prisons officers are seeking to make between what they receive at the end of the month and what their colleagues in the Police Service take home under the Single Spine Pay Policy.