DDP William Ofori-Anoff being pulled out of the Service. Inset: DDP Ofori-Anoff and wife waving at the crowd present. Picture: Sgt. Frank Tutu.
Deputy Director of Prisons (DDP) William Ofori-Anoff, the Commanding Officer of the Prisons Headquarters, has been pulled out of the Service for serving for almost thirty years, and proceeding on compulsory retirement.
In a pull out ceremony organized in his honour at the Prisons Headquarters at Cantonments in Accra recently, DDP Ofori-Anoff was grateful to the Acting Director-General of Prisons, Mr. Emmanuel Yao Adzator, and the entire members of the Service for the honour done him. He assured the officers that, “I have started my pension, but I am not gone yet. My doors are still open, and I will be ready to offer my assistance whenever I am consulted”.
The Deputy Director-General of Prisons in charge of Administration, Mr. Patrick Darko Missah, who represented the Acting Director-General of Prisons at the pull out reception, was full of delight for their colleague and friend bringing his stewardship to a successful end, and noted that, ‘we will continue to knock on your doors whenever the need arises, as your wonderful leadership capabilities are still invaluable to the Service. God bless you’.
Also in a Church Service, the Director of Prisons in Charge of Welfare, Madam Josephine Fredua-Agyemang (Mrs.), presented a citation to the pensioner for his selfless devotion and unblemished service to Prisons and Mother Ghana, and heartily noted that, ‘Well done, Ayekoo, may the good lord bless you and grant you and your family good health as you enter another phase of your life’.
The Chaplain General of the Prisons Service, Chief Superintendent James Teye Tetteh, preaching to officers entreated them to be steadfast and work hard to make progress while in active service, so they can leave a positive legacy like the retiree when they also leave the Service. ‘Mr Ofori-Anoff, today we say well done, thou good and faithful servant, the lord has set before you many good things not only on earth, but also in heaven’, he blessed.
Mr. Ofori-Anoff, who holds a BSc. in Agronomy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Administration from GIMPA, joined the Ghana Prisons Service in the year 1990 as a member of the Officer Cadet Course Intake Ten. He started with the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP), and rose through the ranks to Deputy Director of Prisons.
He was instrumental in the move that made the Prisons Service attain food sufficiency in the 1990s. As the first officer in charge of the Amanfrom Settlement Camp Prison, a farming station in the Ashanti Region, he increased the acreage of farm lands at Kokoben that brought about tremendous yields in food crops, and initiated the rearing of pigs and sheep to feed prisoners, and generate some income for the prison.
At Obuasi, he worked very hard to realize a yield of 400 bags of maize in the 1999 farming season, which was the highest in the history of Prisons agriculture. This exceeded the consumption requirement of the station, and the surplus was sent to the Kumasi Central Prison to feed other inmates.
Mr. Ofori-Anoff extended his green fingers to the Gbarnga Central Prison in Liberia, while on peacekeeping duties. He introduced the cultivation of vegetables that improved upon the nutritional requirements of prisoners, and made the prison attain self sufficiency in food.
Not only was he an agriculturist, but also had some wonderful entrepreneurial skills. He introduced and sustained a smock weaving industry at the Tamale Central Prison that generated income and improved upon the inmates’ earning scheme. He constructed a six classroom block for the Prisons Basic School at Tamale, and also rejuvenated the Kumasi Central Prison Shoe and Kente weaving shops.
His hard work and meritorious service to Mother Ghana earned him a Long Service and Good Conduct Award, a Golden Jubilee Medal, a June 4th Revolution Medal, and a United Nations Medal for Peacekeeping.
He served in nine Prisons establishments since his enlisted into the Prisons Service. He was the Officer in Charge at the Kumasi Central Prison, the Tamale Central Prison, the Forifori Camp Prison, the Ahiansan Camp Prison and the Amanfrom Camp Prison. And was the Second in Command at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, the Obuasi Local Prison, and the Third in Command at the Kpando Local Prison.
On 2nd March 2015, he was transferred from the Kumasi Central Prison to the Prisons Headquarters as the Commanding Officer until his retirement from the Service. He is temporarily succeeded by Assistant Director of Prisons (ADP) Francis Omane-Addo.
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