“If I Hurt Anybody By Such Decisions, I'm Sorry I Could Not Meet Your Expectations”– Oppong-Boanuh

The Outgoing Inspector General Police, James Oppong-Boanuh has rendered an apology to some men and women in the service over their transfers and postings to non-urban areas while he was in office as IGP.

According to Mr. Oppong-Boanuh, he is sorry he could not meet their expectations since some decisions he took back then did not favour many.

Speaking at a farewell parade and pull-out ceremony organized for him by the Ghana Police Service, he said “I may have hurt or disappoint some people by some of the decisions I took especially, I am aware that as IGP, a lot of people got disappointed and frustrated by transfers and postings to the non-urban areas because obviously everyone wants to be in the capital town. If I hurt anybody by such decisions, I am sorry, I could not meet your expectations”

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He further explained that the decisions he took at that time, was necessary for the good people of the country.

He also added that although he made few mistakes, he also contributed to lots of positive things for the service while in office as the IGP.

Mr. Oppong-Boanuh tasked the men and women in uniform to throw their support behind the new IGP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare to empower him to lead the service successfully.

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The outgoing IGP hinted that the Police Service is blessed with a number of committed officers who he believes are going to support the incoming IGP to successfully continue from where he left.

He said “I am bowing out today with pride and a strong conviction that this service is blessed with a number of committed officers who are going to support the incoming IGP to successfully continue from where I left. It is important to underline that the role of the security agencies, which is internally led by the police service, cannot be overemphasized.”

The Outgoing IGP further mentioned that despite the constraint of resources and organizational challenges, the police officers supported the country to attain global accolades.

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Mr. Oppong-Boanuh stated “In the midst of resource constraints and other organizational challenges, we have supported our country to attain global accolades. I believe we can do more to become one of the most peaceful countries in the world, with the rest of leadership and supply of resources to the service. It is in this vein, that I want to encourage all personnel of the service and the good people of this country to give the necessary support to the incoming IGP and his administration to discharge the core mandate of the police service in maintaining law and order”

“I have laid a foundation that can be built upon for the success of the police service” he said confidently.

On his part, the Chaplain-General, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Very Rev’d Fr. George Arthur said “This parade ceremony for you, the outgoing IGP, Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh indicates your exit from the Police Service after many years of dedicated service. Congratulations to you, sir”

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He charged the outgoing IGP to accept the farewell parade and pull out ceremony as a crown of honour for dedicated service.

Very Rev’d Fr. George Arthur said “Today, the final whistle has been brown. Mr. James Oppong-Boanuh stop work, hand over all your police accoutrements to the Director of Logistics, hand over the keys to your official bungalow, the key to your office and the enviable vehicle number plate, GP 1 to COP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare”

He, however, added that Mr. Oppong-Boanuh’s regimental life is over adding that the outgoing IGP is returning to civilian life.

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He challenged the outgoing IGP to find time to rest and pay attention to his health and his spiritual life.

“As you live the service, be ready to meet these four groups of people and how you are going to deal with them. Group 1, those you consciously and voluntarily assisted to attain certain heights in life, both civilians and police”

“Group 2, those you intentionally, refused to offer assistance for reasons best known to you. Group 3, those you could not assist in any way because situations could not permit you to do so and group 4, the majority of Ghanaians who did not come to you for any assistance or favour but all that they were looking on was the peace of the nation”

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He described retirement as pain adding that each individual on earth will experience it one day.

To the police officers, Very Rev’d Fr. George Arthur charged them to be human and merciful especially when they have the opportunity to decide the faith of people.

It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo through a communique appointed COP Dr. George Akuffo Dampare as the Acting Inspector General of Police.

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Thinknewsonline.com has gathered that COP Dampare will from August 1, 2021, become Ghana’s youngest Inspector General of Police.

The Outgoing Inspector General of Police served for 33 years.

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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith