Ghana’s investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has expressed his words of shock towards the way Ghana’s Inspector General Of Police George Akuffo Dampare goes about his activities.
According to him the IGP should be a perfect leadership example to most people.
“He hardly speaks. He’s not loud. He’s soft-spoken. He smiles and cracks jokes with his subordinates and visitors, irrespective of one’s status.
“(Yesterday, for instance, he had gone to his reception area to meet an old man who came looking for the IGP. But the old man would not speak with Dampare, who sat next to him. It was after he left that the old man was told the man who’d sat next to him was actually the IGP he was looking for. “Have you now seen the IGP you were looking for?” he asked the old man. “You’re the one I’m looking for,” the old man replied, and they joked and laughed when he returned to the old man).
“He doesn’t carry himself in a way that suggests he wants to be feared, the typical “bigmanism” in our part of the world. But they respect him.
“He doesn’t give you the sense he’s the only good cop in town. speaks very well of many police officers. He tells you how clean and principled some of his colleagues are and are prepared to do what is right to help this country. And his duty is to help them do their work professionally.
“He’s not your typical action man. He doesn’t think he knows it all. He’s humble to a fault, and he’s prepared to listen and engage.
“He’s not superhuman. He’s a fallible mortal like everyone else.
“What makes him different–and those who have worked with him attest to this– is that he’s principled. His conscience has a breath of life. He has values. He’s as straight as an arrow.
“He believes justice should not have eyes that see between the rich and the poor, the powerful and the weak.
IGP Dr. George Akuffo-Dampare epitomises leadership. And even those of us outside the Ghana Police Service have a lot to learn from people like him.”