DOP AckomGyeedu Kwame being ‘pulledout’ by some senior officers of the Ghana Prisons Service
The ceremony was preceded by a Church Service at the Prisons Interdenominational Church where prayers were said to thank God for the life of the outgoing Director of Prisons (DOP).
In a citation read by DOP Patrick Darko-Missah, the Director in charge of Welfare on behalf of the Director-General of Prisons, the outgoing officer was lauded for his dedication, commitment and exceptional hardwork aimed at achieving the mandate of the Prisons Service. “It is important to recall at this stage that your unquantifiable contributions and enviable accomplishments throughout your period of service, both at the national and international levels, has lifted the Prisons Service and needs to be documented”, he said.
In his valedictory address, DOP Ackom Gyeedu Kwame was full of praise to the almighty God for his care, guidance and protection over the years. He paid homage to the Director-General of Prisons, Madam Matilda Baffour-Awuah as well as former heads of the Service for the various roles they played during his career starting as a recruit officer to Director of Prisons.
He admonished officers to hold high the integrity of the Service and be committed to its course unreservedly. “As officers, you must endeavour to improve yourselves academically, professionally and above all spiritually. On spirituality, I recommend that you trust and rely on the almighty God because he is faithful”, he added.
While pleading with the government and faith-based organizations to support the Service with the needed resources to enable it effectively reform prison inmates, he lamented the lack of basic logistics that has critically affected the smooth operations of the Service.
DOP Ackom Gyeedu Kwame was enlisted into the Ghana Prisons Serviceon 8th March 1980 as a member of the Recruit Course 79 and passed out successfully from the Prisons Officers’ Training School on 3rd October the same year. He was adjudged the Best-All-Round Recruit Officer and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant because he had an ‘A’ Level certificate at that time.
After commissioning into the superior officer corps, he rose through the ranks to become the substantive Financial Controller of the Service. He pursued a B.Sc. Degree in Accounting and an MBA Degree in Finance, respectively, at the University of Ghana Business School. He was appointed Deputy Regional Commander and subsequently the Regional Commander and Officer-In-Charge of three different regions and stations including the Sunyani Central, the Kumasi Central and the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons.
In May 2014, he was appointed a member of the Prisons Directorate at Headquarters and made in-charge of Operations, and later responsible for Support Services. By dint of his hardwork and tenacity of purpose, he was promoted to his current rank, Director of Prisons, in-charge of Administrationon 1st January 2015.
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