Director of Prisons/Welfare

Mrs. Joana Fofo Tackie-Otoo (Mrs) was enlisted into the Ghana Prisons Service on 5th December, 1995 and successfully commissioned on 5th July, 1996. She has 28 years experience in the Service and has served in various commanding positions in the Ghana Prisons Service.

Due to her outstanding leadership, uncommon patriotism and epic professionalism, Mrs. Tackie-Otoo was the first female to be appointed as the Commandant of the Prisons Officers’ Training School, on February 2021, prior to her appointment as the Director of Prisons in charge of Welfare on 1st July, 2022. She also served as the Officer in charge of Nsawam Female Prisons, Officer in charge of Kumasi Female Prison and Regional Welfare Officer at Kumasi Central Prison and Second-In-Command of Tamale Female Prison.

DOP Tackie-Otoo holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Sociology with Political Science from the University of Ghana Legon.

She is a proud product of St. Mary’s Secondary School and Labone Secondary School where she studied for her GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels in 1986 and 1988 respectively.

Mrs. Joana Tackie-Otoo has attended several career courses. This includes Correction Institutional Management in Colarado, USA, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and several courses for Law Enforcement Officers at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

DOP Tackie-Otoo’s hard work has earned her several awards which include, Outstanding Female Prisons Personnel (Security Service Category) at the 2023 Ghana Women’s Award, ‘Exceptional Woman’ Award (ABENATAY Ministries), and Long Service and Good Conduct Award from the Prisons Service.

She is married with six children. She enjoys cooking and loves to exercise regularly.