Minister for the Interior Ambrose Dery has assured the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) of the ministry’s support to achieve the objectives of managing migration and the country’s borders effectively for national development.
He said the Interior Ministry was aware of the numerous challenges the GIS was saddled with, especially in the area of capacity building, information technology equipment, weapons and robust vehicles.
He affirmed that the ministry would collaborate with the service in implementing some provisions in the new Immigration Service Act, 2016 (Act 908) to boost the operations of the service.
Speaking to management and personnel of the GIS during a working visit to the National Headquarters of the GIS in Accra, Mr Dery expressed optimism that if the challenges of the GIS were addressed, it would be able to discharge its mandate effectively and deal with terrorism, which is gradually gaining grounds in the West African sub-region.
He was accompanied by his deputy, Mr Henry Quartey; the Chief Director of the ministry, Mrs Adelaide Annor-Kumi, and some officials of the ministry.
Let’s know your challenges
Mr Dery said the government respected and appreciated the GIS’s role in securing the country’s frontiers in spite of the logistical challenges it was confronted with and urged the GIS management not to hesitate to let the ministry know how the government could assist it to discharge its mandate effectively.
The Comptroller-General of GIS, Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, briefed the minister on the implementation of the new Act 908 which gave the service the legal backing to wield weapons in the discharge of its duties, elevate the rank of the Head of the GIS and change the board of the service to council, among other new provisions.
He said a committee had been set up towards the review of the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573), which was the operational law of the service.