President John Mahama has appointed Mr Emmanuel Yao Adzator, Deputy Director General of Prisons, as Acting Director General of the Ghana Prisons Service.
His appointment follows the retirement of Ms. Matilda Baffour-Awuah, the Director-General of Prisons, on 1st February, 2016.
The appointment, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Prisons Service, is upon the recommendation of the Prisons Service Council.
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Mr Adzator until his appointment as the Acting Director-General of Prisons, was the Deputy Director –General of Prisons in charge of Finance and Administration of the Service.
The Acting Director-General is a product of Kpando Secondary School, and holds a Degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana, and has also studied Human Resource Management at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, as well as attended several capacity Training Courses both home and abroad.
Mr. Adzator has also undertaken several training and leadership programmes in Correctional Administration, and has been trained at the Evidenced Based Strategy and Tactics for successful Correctional Reforms,Re-Entry and Reintegration in Joyfields Training Institute-Las Vegas,Navada USA , also, he trained in New Approaches to Psychological Services in Correctional Institutions, at the Galilee College, Israel, as well as in Advanced Prisons Management, at the Galilee Management Institute, Israel .He has also participated in several Correctional Management Conferences at the international level.
He was enlisted into the Ghana Prisons Service in April 1989. Mr Adzator has held several key positions notably, Deputy Director-General of Prisons in charge of Finance and Administration, Director of Prisons in charge of Operations and Acting Director of Prisons Administration.
Other positions he held were Regional Commander, Ashanti Region; Second- in-Command, Medium Security Prisons, Nsawam; and Officer-In Charge Obuasi Local Prisons. He was the General Staff Officer as well as the Criminal Records Officer at the Prisons Headquarters.
Mr Adzator has served with the United Nations Mission in Darfur, (UNAMID) as a Corrections Advisor to the National Prisons Service at El Fasher-Darfur Sudan.