COP George Akuffo Dampare Broadly Accepted by Ghanaians as New IGP
The appointment of COP, George Akuffo Dampare as acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) has been described by a cross-section of Ghanaians as a good decision.
According to the those who supports the President’s appointment, the decision will go a long way to improve the Ghana Police Service considering the rich experience that COP Dampare brings to his new office.
A security expert, Isaac Ayitey in an interview on Service 104.9 Radio in Sunyani indicated that COP Dampare has served in/at almost all the units in under the Police Service and has been very influential in most of the reforms that the Service has witnessed.
Isaac Ayitey says, it might be too early to preempt or judge COP Dampare based on his experiences and contributions to the reforms of the Ghana Police service, but his appointment has given Ghanaians a new hope in ensuring enhanced security in the country.
In a statement dated 21st of July 2021, signed by Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, President Akufo-Addo, directed that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. James Oppong Boanuh, should “embark on terminal leave, with effect from Sunday, 1st August 2021, pending his retirement from the Police Service on Thursday, 7th October 2021”.
“Until a substantive Inspector General of Police is appointed, in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution, President Akufo-Addo has asked Commissioner of Police George Akuffo Dampare, Ph.D., to serve as acting Inspector General of Police with effect from Sunday, 1st August 2021,” the statement further read.
Aside Isaac Ayitey, the directive by the President has been described by social media activists on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as a great decision to help redeem the image of the Police service.
Most of these social media activists pour congratulatory messages directed at the acting IGP, with many wishing him well in his new office.
The President is his statement also asked the Director General of the Prisons Service, Mr. Patrick Darko Missah, to go on terminal leave from Sunday, 1st August 2021, with his retirement from the Service set to begin on Saturday, 16th October 2021.
The President further directed the Deputy Director General of the Prisons Service, Mr Isaac Kofi Egyir, to act as Director General of the Prisons Service, from Sunday, 1st August 2021, until a new Director General is appointed, also in accordance with the Constitution.
“President Akufo-Addo has conveyed, in person, his gratitude to both Mr. James Oppong Boanuh and Mr. Patrick Darko Missah for their dedicated and meritorious services to the nation and to the Police and Prisons Services, respectively, and wished them the very best in their future endeavours,” the President’s statement read.