Feb 23, 2011 at 11:40am
Ghana Immigration Service
NEWS COMMENTARY ON THE GHANA IMMIGRATION SERVICE
The defining character and direction of the Ghana Immigration Service continues to evolve in response to local and global challenges.
The challenges presented by the new world security and economic order include terrorism, illegal migration, public safety, human and drug trafficking, national security, brain drain and globalization .
There is also the issue of refugees resulting from political instability in many parts of Africa.
The service under the able leadership of the former Director, Elizabeth Adjei, saw a lot of changes such as acquisition of about 800 Gota Handsets and 100 desktop mobile phones to facilitate communication among personnel.
The Service also took delivery of about 40 Nissan Pick-ups to augment the transportation situation at the various entry points.
Special acknowledgements must be given to the British High Commission as well as Dutch, Spanish and Chinese Embassies for their sponsored training programmes and presentation of fraud detection equipments among others to enable personnel of the Immigration Service to deliver efficient service.
The statutory functions and responsibilities of Ghana Immigration Service include examination of travellers entering or leaving Ghana, issuing of visitors and residence permits, patrolling of the country's frontiers to ensure border security, providing vital travel information to would-be emigrants, collaborate with the UNHCR and the Ghana Refugee Board to manage the movement of refuges in Ghana and also check human trafficking.
The Ghana Immigration Service must be commended for ensuring peace at the entry points.
There was no incident of external security threat especially in the Volta Region where the Aflao border post remains the country’s largest entry point.
The Volta Regional Commander of the Immigration Service, Ebenezer Mensah Acquah, needs a pat on his shoulders for the efficient manner he handled a shooting incident recently at the Aflao border following a misunderstanding between some youths and immigration officers.
The authorities must take a critical look at the numerous unapproved roots numbering about 60 scattered along the four main sectors which are, Aflao Nyive, Akanu and Menusu North and South.
It is important for the High Command of the Immigration Service and the Ministry for the Interior to provide adequate logistics for the personnel to step up their patrol along the unapproved routes in the Volta Region.
In welcoming the new Director of the Ghana Immigration Service, DCOP Dr.
Peter Alexander Wiredu, to the service, it is our hope that he will discharge his duties with the same zeal he exhibited when he was the Director General of Police in Charge of Human Resources.
The new Director, who is not only a lawyer by profession but a human resource officer within the police service, must be given the necessary support by the government and the Minister for interior to build the immigration service to keep pace with development in the global immigration community.
Whilst congratulating the former Director of the Immigration Service on a good work done, it is hope the government will continue to tap her rich experience toward the maintenance of national security.
As the first female Director of the Ghana Immigration Service, Miss Elizabeth Adjei lived up to the occasion when duty called.
Other female colleagues should take cue from her and aspire to the ultimate position in whatever fields of endeavour they find themselves.
For the staff of the Ghana Immigration Service, we say ayeekoo as you continue to maintain security on our borders.
BY: KWASIVI FUNKOR A BROADCAST JOURNALIST