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Oppong-Boanuh to new IGP: Stay focused, keep a united service

Dr George Akuffo Dampare on Sunday 1 August officially took over as the head of the Ghana Police Service after James Oppong-Boanuh bowed out

The immediate past Inspector General of Police, James Oppong-Boanuh, has called on the acting IGP, Dr George Akuffo Dampare, and the leadership of the service to unite and forge ahead for the good of the service and the country.

He said the only way for the service to achieve its core mandate is to remain united.

“The strategic direction of the service is at your disposal and I urge you to formulate policies which would inure to the benefit of the personnel and the good people of the country. I also wish to advise up and coming leaders to stay focused and committed to the cause of the service,” Oppong-Boanuh said at a farewell and pull-out ceremony for him at the National Police Training School at Tesano in Accra.

IGP James Oppong-Boanuh pulls out
IGP James Oppong-Boanuh pulls out

He added: “Let me use this opportunity to urge Dr George Akuffo Dampare, the acting IGP and all the leadership of the service to unite and forge ahead for the good of the service and our beloved country Ghana.”

Oppong-Boanuh also called on the personnel to exhibit professionalism while discharging their duties despite the challenges confronting the service.

A peaceful legacy

He said he was leaving office at the time the country had been ranked on the 2021 Global Peace Index Report as the second most peaceful country in the sub-Saharan region behind Mauritius.

“It is important to underline that the role of the security agencies, which is internally led by the police service, cannot be over emphasised. In the midst of resource constraints and other organisational challenges, we have supported our dear country to achieve this global accolade.

“I believe that we can do more to become one of the most peaceful countries in the world with the right leadership and policies and regular support to the service,” Oppong-Boanuh said.

On his part, Dr Dampare thanked the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, for the confidence reposed in him to lead the service.

Present at the event were Ministers of State including the Minister for Interior, Ambrose Dery, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, Works and Housing Minister, Francis Asenso Boakye, the Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama and the Comptroller General of the Ghana Immigration Service, Kwame Asuah Takyi.

Philipa Ayilimah Atanga

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