…On tranfer to other locations

From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi

The demonstration that sparked it all

FIVE SENIOR Officers of the Ghana Prisons Service in the Kumasi metropolis have been transferred to various stations in the country, information available to The Chronicle has revealed.

A highly-placed source has hinted The Chronicle that the five senior officers, who are from both the Central and Manhyia stations, were being transferred for their various roles in last September’s protest embarked upon by warders at the Central Prisons, in demand for better conditions of service.

While the senior officers from the Central Prisons are being transferred for failing to control the personnel, resulting in the protest, the officer from the Manhyia station is bearing the brunt of the insolence displayed by the men under his care, when a day after the protest they invaded a Kumasi-based radio station, OTEC 102.9FM, to challenge a radio panelist who was reported to have made defamatory comments against them.

The prison officers from the Central Prisons, on September 15, this year, went berserk when they embarked on a protest, burning tyres and wielding placards with various inscriptions, in demand for improved conditions of service.

The eye-red warders, who wore red armbands and chanted war songs, were reportedly protesting against salary disparities in the newly-implemented Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS).

A day after the demonstration, which received wide media coverage in the country, some men from the Manhyia Division allegedly stormed the studios of OTEC 102.9FM, and demanded the removal of a National Democratic Congress (NDC) radio panelist, Mr. Francis Dodovi, who they accused of making derogatory comments about personnel of the fire service.

Among the senior officers affected by the transfer is the Assistant Director and the Second in Commander at the Central Prisons, Stephen Kofi, who has been transferred to the Borstal Institute in Accra.

Chief Officer Janet Oddae, wife of Stephen Kofi, has been transferred to the Prisons Headquarters in Accra, while Chief Superintendent Owusu Amponsah, who was in charge of the Manhyia Division, is on his way to Tamale.

His better half has also been transferred to the Tamale Central Division, while another top officer, Supt. J.K. Mensah, is on his way to the Ankaful Prisons.

The transfer letters, which came somewhere late last week, were to take immediate effect, but it was not clear whether the affected officers had complied with the order, as authorities at the two stations remained tightlipped when contacted.

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