A pull out ceremony was held at the Prison Headquarters, Cantonments, Accra in honour of the outgoing Deputy Director of Prisons, Mr. William Ofori-Anoff, after serving the Ghana Prisons Service for almost 30 years.
The Deputy Director-General of Prisons in charge of Administration, Mr. Patrick Darko Missah, who represented the acting Director-General of Prisons, eulogised Mr. Ofori-Anoff for his dedication to the service and Ghana.
A statement copied The Ghanaian Times by Deputy Superintendent Vitalis Aiyeh, Public Relations Officer of the Prisons Service, said Mr. Ofori-Anoff’s hard work earned him a Long Service and Good Conduct Award, a Golden Jubilee Medal, a June 4th Revolution Medal, and a United Nations Medal for Peacekeeping.
It said citation was presented to him at a church service by the Director of Prisons in Charge of Welfare, Madam Josephine Fredua-Agyemang, for his selfless devotion to duty.
According to the statement, the Chaplain General of the Prisons Service, Chief Superintendent James Teye Tetteh, in a sermon, entreated prison officers to be steadfast and work harder to leave a positive legacy.
Mr. Ofori-Anoff, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Administration from GIMPA, joined the Ghana Prisons Service in 1990, according to the statement.
It said Mr. Ofori-Anoff started as Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP), and rose through the ranks to Deputy Director of Prisons, and his instrumentality ensured the Prisons Service attained food sufficiency in the 1990s.
The statement said as the first officer at the Amanfrom Settlement Camp Prison, a farming station in the Ashanti Region, he increased the acreage of farm lands at Kokoben, which brought about tremendous yields in food crops, and initiated the rearing of pigs and sheep to feed prisoners and generate income for the prison.
Not only was he an agriculturist, he also had wonderful entrepreneurial skills, and introduced and sustained a smock weaving industry at the Tamale Central Prison, which generated income for the prison and inmates, the statement added.
It said he constructed a six -classroom block for the Prisons Basic School at Tamale, and also rejuvenated the Kumasi Central Prison Shoe and Kente weaving shops.
The statement said he served in nine prison establishments in all.
According to the statement he was the Officer in charge at the Kumasi Central Prisons, the Tamale Central Prisons, the Forifori Camp Prisons, the Ahiansan Camp Prisons and the Amanfrom Camp Prisons.
It said he was the Second in Command at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons, the Obuasi Local Prisons, and the third in command at the Kpando Local Prisons.
On March 2, 2015, he was transferred from the Kumasi Central Prisons to the Prisons Headquarters as the commanding officer before his retirement.
He was temporarily succeeded by Assistant Director of Prisons (ADP) Francis Omane-Addo.
By Times Reporter