President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the contract of Deputy Inspector General of Police, COP James Oppong Boanuh by one year.

The former Director-General in charge of Police Administration attained the mandatory retirement age on October 8, 2018 but was asked to stay on by virtue of the fact that his services were still needed by the police administration and the country.

A letter dated October 4, 2018 and signed by the Nana Asante Bediatuo, Executive Secretary to the President on the contract extension read in part “With reference to your letter dated 17th September 2018, and a Memo dated  October, 2018, from the Minister for the Interior on the subject matter above, I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has granted you a one-year contract of service as Deputy Director-General of Police, effective 8th October 2018, to 7th October 2019. I take this opportunity to congratulate you once again. Kindly indicate your acceptance or otherwise of this appointment, within 14 days of receipt of this letter.  Please accept the President’s best wishes”

Meanwhile, an expert on Crime, Security and Governance with the Center for Cybersecurity and Crime Prevention (CCCP), Dr Emmanuel Mensah has described as “baseless noise” and series of publications in the news media  that seek to suggest wrongdoing in the extension of the service contract of the Deputy Inspector General of olice, COP Oppong Boanuh.

Dr Mensah opined that the framers of the 1992 constitution “appreciate the value of smart, experienced brains” for which they made room for a contract extension in order for the country to “have the full benefit of the experience of these top officers. It is done everywhere in the world and not unique to Ghana”.

Quoting Article 199 Clause 4 of the 1992 Constitution, he said the President has the prerogative to extend the service of a public officer on reaching the retirement age of 60 years, and COP Oppong Branch’s contract extension is timely and good for the Ghana Police Service.

He explained further: “Clause 4 of the amended Act says that “Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article, a public officer, who has retired from the public service after attaining the age of 60 years, may, where the exigencies of the service require, be engaged for a limited period of not more than two years at a time but not exceeding five years in all and upon such other terms and conditions as the appointing authority shall determine.

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