A former Deputy Interior Minister and Member of Parliament for Builsa North, James Agalga is seeking explanation from government as to what necessitated a one-year extension of contract of the Deputy Inspector General of Police.
A retired Commissioner of Police (COP), James Oppong-Boanuh was granted a year contract extension by President Akufo-Addo, last week, following his appointment to the office recently.
A letter signed by the secretary to the president, Nana Bediatuo Asante, said “with reference to your letter dated September 17, 2018, and a Memo dated October 3, 2018, from the Minister for the Interior on the subject matter above, I am pleased to inform you that the President has granted you a one-year contract service as Deputy Director-General of the Police effective October 8, 2018, to October 7, 2019.”
His appointment had already triggered tension among some senior staff in the Police Service, with some saying a different officer should have been promoted to that rank since Mr Oppong Boanuh had few days to retire from the service.
The issue has prompted concerns from the public many of who are questioning the motive behind the extension of office of the Deputy IGP when he is expected to retire.
But speaking on “Ghana Te Sen” on Radio XYZ 93.1 on Thursday, Mr. Agalga observed that, the constitution allows for extension of office of an officer who is due retirement depending on the exigencies on the ground. However, such exigencies, he noted, should be in sync with an accountable government.
He contended that Ghanaians have the right to know the reasons for government’s decision to re-engage the Deputy IGP.
To this effect, Mr Agalga urged the Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry, to offer explanations which would put to rest concerns raised by the many Ghanaian people.
Story by: Charles Akrofi/Myxyzonline.com