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IGP Oppong-Boanuh farewell parade

On July 30, 2021, the outgoing Inspector General of Police, IGP, James Oppong-Boanuh, was feted with a farewell parade at the National Police Training School at Tesano in Accra.

Today is his last day in office as COP George Akuffo Dampare, the Director General in Charge of Administration, takes over as IGP on August 1st, pending his retirement in early August.

The parade was held with male and female personnel dressed in ceremonial uniforms forming different rows and following the parade commander's instructions.

They later sang celebratory songs (known as jama in local parlance), all wearing face masks in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

When it comes to masks, the majority of the officials, including the outgoing IGP, wore a customized mask with his face and details from the farewell parade. He inspected his final guard of honor and accepted citations and gifts from a variety of well-wishers.

Throughout the program, men on horseback were seen until top officers performed the official pullout ceremony for the IGP, who stood behind a pickup truck waving at the dignitaries present with a white handkerchief beaming with smiles.

The event was attended by the Minister of Interior, Ambrose Dery, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, and other top security and police officials.

The President announced earlier this month that, in lieu of Oppong-impending Boanuh's retirement, COP George Akuffo Dampare, the then-Director of Administration at the Ghana Police Service, would serve as IGP until a substantive police chief is appointed.

It is widely expected that the 51-year-old will be confirmed as the substantive police chief in due course. His appointment was widely praised, given that he rose through the ranks from corporal at the age of 20 to IGP three decades later.

Some remarks made by Oppong-Boanuh

He talked about the positives he saw while in office, but he admitted that as human as he was, there had to be some drawbacks.

He specifically mentioned staff transfers to the region and far-flung areas to serve as one area he knew had harmed most staff.

“I am confident that I made many positive contributions, but as a human, I am also confident that I made some mistakes. Again, some of my decisions may have hurt or disappointed some people.

"In particular, as IGP, I am aware that a lot of people have been frustrated and disappointed by transfers and postings to (rural) areas, because everyone wants to be in the capital environment.

“I apologize to anyone who has been harmed by any of my decisions... “I thought it was necessary at the time for the good people of this country,” he stated emphatically.

He also urged staff to assist the incoming Acting IGP, George Akuffo Dampare, in carrying out his duties as police chief.

“I am stepping down today with pride and a firm belief that this service is blessed with a number of dedicated officers who will assist the incoming IGP in successfully carrying on from where I left off.

“It is critical to emphasize that the role of security agencies, which are internally led by the police service, cannot be overstated.

“Despite resource constraints and other organizational challenges, we have assisted our country in achieving global acclaim. With the rest of the leadership and the supply of resources to the service, I believe we can do more to become one of the world's most peaceful countries.

“It is in this spirit that I would like to encourage all service personnel and the good people of this country to provide the necessary support to the incoming IGP and his administration in carrying out the core mandate of the police service, which is to maintain law and order,” he added.

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