A befitting sendoff ceremony has been held in honour of the Second-in-Command(2IC) of the Sunyani Central Prison, Assistant Director of Prisons (ADP) Foster Appiah after serving the Ghana Prisons Service for thirty-two years.

The farewell ceremony kicked off on Thursday, 30th May 2024 with fun games held at the Sunyani Central Prison. It was all fun and entertainment as officers from both the Male Central and Female Prisons gathered for aerobics, volleyball, sack race, lime and spoon, Musical chairs and 4 by 100-meter relay.

On Friday, 31st May 2024, the ceremony was climaxed with a special church service to officially mark his retirement from the Service. The Regional Commander and Officer-In- Charge (OIC) of the Sunyani Central Prison, Deputy Director of Prisons (DDP.) Williams Kulah, in his address, praised the retiree for his leadership, guidance and mentorship which has inspired a generation of officers. He, however, advised the retiree to use his vast experience as a prison officer to manage the transition from paramilitary to civilian life effortlessly in order to enhance retirement life.

In his address, ADP. Foster Appiah thanked the Ghana Prison Service for offering him the opportunity to serve the country for 32 good years. He also thanked his family for the love, support and sacrifices which, he said, has kept him in the long and winding journey up till the day of retirement.

The outgoing 2IC ended by making a clarion call on government to adequately resource the Ghana Prisons Service so as to enable the Service cater for the needs of the increasing number of prisoners.

ADP. Foster Appiah was enlisted in the Ghana Prison Service on 28th November, 1992 as part of the 96th recruit course and passed out as a recruit officer in 27th June, 1993.

After serving for some years, ADP. Appiah was shortlisted for cadet training course on January 3, 2003 as a member of Cadet Intake 18 and commissioned as Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) on 24th June 2003. He served in several capacities during active service and by dint of hard work rose to become the Officer-in-charge(OIC) of Duayaw Nkwanta Settlement Camp Prison where he served for almost four years.

ADP. Appiah was later transferred to Sunyani Central Prison where he served diligently as the Second-In-Command (2IC) till his retirement.

Story by : DSP. Denis Peasah


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