A colourful change of command has taken place at the Tema Port security office ,where Head of Security, Colonel Joseph Malik Punamane, has handed over to a new security Chief, Colonel William Kwabiah.
Col. JM Punamane is now destined for the power-house in Accra, where he will head another security unit as Col. Kwabiah, takes over from,where his predecessor, known for being a tough muscle against miscreants, especially pirates, is leaving off.
A statement signed by Mr Kingsley Darko, Deputy Port Security Manager said a short handing-over ceremony on Monday, witnessed heaps of praises on the two security chiefs by their colleagues for outstanding service to mother Ghana so far, with confidence that they will continue to excel at the service.
Mr Darko according to the statement said the event was one that evoked mixed feelings for him since he would be sourly missing his working relationship with Col. JM Punamane, but at the same time also happy that he was going to be working with Col. Kwabiah.
He said Col. Kwabiah's reputation as a tough security chief preceded him and from what is known about him in the service, he would have a good working relationship with him because of his vast experience.
According to the statement,he on behalf of the security department heartily welcomed their new boss, Col Kwabiah, and pledged unflinching support for him, saying he was hopeful that the sterling performance that he had given at his former post would be transferred to his new post.
"Colonel JM Punamane would continue to be a mentor and we would also miss his impeccable leadership of the Tema Port Security department, which made the port one of the safest in Africa".
"I will leverage all the experiences that I have gathered on the job working at the feet of Col. JM Punamane in my new working relationship with the new security chief for Tema Port."
According to the statement, Col. JM Punamane, the outgoing Head of Security at the Tema Port, was respected and liked by many because of his humility and principled nature.
"He is largely credited with making the Port off-limits to pirates and worked excellently well in concert with the Navy, the marine police and other state actors in the jurisdiction of the port."