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His service to the country in terms of security and crime control was not encouraging - Hon. Toobu

There is indeed time for everything in this world. In every leadership arena, someone has to surely leave for another to continue the journey.

COP James Oppong-Boanuh did his very best to serve the country's Police Service, in all areas.

However, one may ask: "What kind of legacy is he leaving behind?"

This according to the Member of Parliament for Wa West, Hon. Peter Lanchene Toobu, will be well judged by the public, not necessarily himself because whatever he did while in office (whether good, bad or ugly) were seen and felt by all Ghanaians. 

He further categorized what he saw in the service of the the outgoing IGP in three ways - Adminstration, Operations and others.

In the area of Administration, he really fought for the welfare of all his subordinates. He was such a motivational fountain in terms of leadership, particularly in the area of promotion.

There are new people entering the Police Service with higher educational qualifications; hence, it is the responsibility of the IGP to create a very effective balance between academics and the kind of training they are required to receive from the field. There is still more work to be done in this area. Additionally, there are officers who need promotion, but some of them have not been attended to. 

With regards to operations, the Wa West MP thinks it was not encouraging at all, looking at the escalating rate of violent crimes we are experiencing recently in the country. He believes that his service to the country in terms of security and crime control was not the best. On top of that, the Service currently has a large number of high profile cases to deal with, and unfortunately, most of them have not been attended to.

Hon. Toobu emphatically indicated that the outgoing IGP did not do well in the area of logistics and resource acquisition in general. There are so many machinery and equipment needed by the service to boost its operational activities, but he failed to use his lobbying skills to get these for the service.

He added that we all know that we are facing a very great challenge in terms of resource allocation and distribution in the country. It is therefore incumbent upon leaders to advocate resiliently and tirelessly to get what is needed for their respective entities. Hon. Toobu hinted that Ghana Police Service is need of new logistical inputs such as protective and safety equipment, and the right vehicles that can remain in the system for years, and can move to and fro other regions without encountering any issues.

"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," Mr. Oppong-Boanuh said this during his pullout ceremony today (July 30, 2021) at the National Police Training School in Accra, Ghana.

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