Soon, Ghana would get a new Inspector General of Police and the whole nation awaits to see who would get the nod.
A former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong, has described as ‘outrageous’ and ‘atrociously false’, claims that women do not deserve to be IGP in Ghana because they are incapable of taking tough decisions.
According to the former IGP, Ghanaian women have held some of the highest positions in the land and wonders what was so daunting about the position of IGP, that makes women unqualified to hold.
He stated that he had personally worked closely with others before becoming IGP himself and does not find anything that stops a woman from assuming that position.
“I had personally worked closely with 7 past IGPs before becoming an IGP myself. I found nothing in the requirements of the job that women cannot handle.
I have also seen at first hand women like Retired Commissioner Mrs. Jane Donkor and Mrs. Gifty Anin-Botwe at work as Senior Police Managers and these were as firm, fair and decisive as any male officer I worked with," he noted.
He added that it was only people who discriminated gender-wise held the assertion that women could not hold that post.
“Apart from obvious 'misogynism & physiognomy' I cannot fathom any historical, sociological and contemporary logical reasoning for the atrociously false assertion that women cannot take tough decisions or cannot be IGPs in Ghana," Acheampong added.
He explained however that if a woman was found qualified enough for the job, she should be handed the rols as other countries have appointed women to the same post.
DCOP Rtd Douglas Akrofi Asiedu, a trainer at the Ghana Police Training Academy is quoted to have said that Ghana is not ready for a female IGP as they generally lack commitment to the job as compared to their male counterparts.
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