Congratulations to you, Elder Dr. George Akuffo Dampare for being sworn in as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Ghana. This calls for celebration and thanksgiving but when the crowd recedes and friends and loved ones depart, know that work begins. I know that you have received countless congratulatory messages already but I pray these 10 pieces of advice find a way to reach you.
1. You have come this far by grace and hard work: Many people start from a humble beginning but when the elevation of God comes, they elevate themselves above the Word and purpose of God for their lives and do things their own way that will not please God. Always have it in mind that it is God that has put you in your current position of glory to serve His purpose and the nation.
2. The whole nation reposes their confidence in you: Be courageous and strong enough as a man to be in the hem of affairs. Do not be afraid of the tactics and antics of your enemies; only do the right thing.
3. Remember your God, your Christian values and remain attached to Him: Remember that you are an Elder of the Church of Pentecost and you must work with the values and principles of the Kingdom. David advised his son Solomon, who became the new king of Israel in 1 Chron. 28:9 saying “If you seek the LORD, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever”. When God rejects you, no man can ever work with you in peace.
4. Learn from the mistakes of your predecessors: Elder Dr. Dampare, you are not the first IGP; neither are you the last. You have been in the police service for a long time. Learn from the mistakes of your predecessors, and know the best way to fine-tune your life and vision. Do not be caught in old traps.
5. Leave the police service better than you came to meet it: The LORD that elevated you will be with you; only strive to leave a better legacy for the Ghana Police Service than you came to meet it. Be bold to take initiatives and seek the betterment of the police service to give it a facelift.
6. Fame, money and opportunities will chase you but not all are tips; some are traps. Mr. IGP! Not all the people that run after you, stand at ease and salute you really salute your leadership, ideas and see you as their beloved hardworking leader. Be careful, watchful and prayerful, else, misfortunes may befall you and disgrace you. When fame, money and opportunities chase you without asking for them, know that it is time to always seek the face of God in order not to be blinded by them and mess up.
7. Be free but firm: Now, your level has changed. Your office, salary and almost everything around you has changed but be free with everyone but remain firm in order to stamp in your authority when the need arises.
8. You will make new friends and more enemies: In life, a new level calls for new enemies that can match up with you at a higher altitude in life to monitor your life and set traps to bring you down. Be careful with the new friends you make; some are hired informants.
9. Flash out evil and sanitize the system: Eld. Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, as you resume office to work, many people will be testing your patience, level of tolerance for the wrong thing, and how committed and disciplined you are to work with the laws and constitution of the country. If you do not flash out criminal activities, the evil things, and corrupt activities in the system, know that the rot you permit will soon flash you out of office.
10. The end is what matters: Today, your beginning as IGP seems glorious in a colourful event graced by the President of Ghana and many renowned dignitaries but remember that you will stand before the Almighty God one day to give an account of your stewardship as IGP. The end of a thing is far better than the beginning. Let the Bible you held to take your oath be your guide in your term office but not just a formality. If your end will be glorious on earth and in Heaven, then you must to do the right thing at all times.
Once again, congratulations, Mr. IGP, Elder Dr. George Akuffo Dampare. May the LORD guide, support and be with you in your new term office.
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