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Prison officers against former DG as Council member

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Some officers of the Ghana Prisons Service are not happy about information that their former Director General, Matilda Baffour Awuah, is being considered for appointment to serve on the Prison Council.

Some officers of the Ghana Prisons Service are not happy about information that their former Director General, Matilda Baffour Awuah, is being considered for appointment to serve on the Prison Council.

 

This has led to some simmering tension among the officers who claim a consideration of Mrs Baffour Awuah to serve Council will not be in the best interest of the Prisons Service in view of her supposed abysmally poor performance as the DG.

Some of the officers who spoke to the Daily Statesman claimed the administration of their former Director General was characterized by abuse of power, victimization and gross ineptitude.

“We therefore think she does not have anything better to offer the Service and so it would not be in our best interest to see her back serving on the Prisons Council that takes very important policy decisions. We are prepared to stand against her if the information we are hearing about the consideration to appoint her as Council members becomes a reality,” a top officer told the paper at the weekend.

Several petitions were sent to the former Minister of Interior in respect of the conduct of Mrs Baffour Awuah while she was heading the Prison Service.

Eventually, some of officers accused her of taking unilateral decisions in respect of welfare issues, such as promotion. She allegedly promoted only those who were in her good books, while denying others who qualified for promotion for no justifiable reasons, except victimization. 

This, according to the aggrieved officers, even led to situations where junior officers were promoted over their superiors, thereby creating serious anarchy and relationship problems within the Prison Service.

 “When she was the Director General, she bypassed senior officers and issued instructions to junior officers. Even fellow officers could not relate among themselves without incurring the wrath of this woman. Those who were not lucky found themselves in serious trouble,” one officer stated.

According to the officers, her tenure as the Director General witnessed declined morale among officers because she was always seeking ways to victimize them instead of working together to tackle the challenges that confronted the service.

The officers are therefore appealing to the president not to consider her for appointment as a member of the Prison Council. They fear her presence on the Council could create serious relationship problems for the service.

Meanwhile, the Presidency last week announced the appointment of Patrick Darko Missah as the Acting Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service with immediate effect.