The Document Fraud and Expertise Center (DFEC) of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), situated at Airport, was packed with men and women from the security agencies and foreign diplomats last week Thursday as it welcomed a new ultra-Modern fraud detection facility.
The facility, estimated at $100,000 and encompassing two offices, a hall and a place of convenience is expected to boost the capacity of the center in conducting training for all concerned in document fraud detection and migration demands.
With sponsorship from the Federal Republic of Germany, the facility is also expected to help in the exchange of information on Document Fraud related issues between Ghana and the international community, including Germany.
Addressing the audience, Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, Comptroller-General, GIS, said “the building of this facility by the Federal Police of Germany has come at the right time as it will boost the capacity of the center in conducting further training for all concerned.
“I must indicate that this fits into the strategic plan of the service from 2018-2022, which was launched last year.
“One of the pillars in the strategic plan is human resource development and it is my expectation that this facility will help in building the capacity of officers.”
Throwing light on the activities of the DFEC, Mr Asuah Takyi said the center, which was established by the government of Ghana and European Union in 2010 to help carry out the mandate of monitoring changing migration and provide training to the GIS and other stakeholders to combat crime has been doing just that since its commissioning.
However, it has also over the years had a strong working relations and collaborations with almost all the EU embassies in Ghana and has worked closely with all their immigration liaison officers and police attaches.
Mr Asuah Takyi believes that working relationship was what propelled the German Federal Police to establish the new ultra-modern facility.
He, therefore, extended his gratitude to the German government for the gesture and charged his men to put the facility to its intended use, forge more relationships with other countries to gain more of such gestures. He also beseeched them to ensure that strict maintenance was adhered to prolong the life span of the facility.
Mr Christoph Retzlaff, German Ambassador to Ghana, on his part, indicated that his outfit decided to establish the center because it noticed challenges in the peace and security in the West African Region.
“So the structure would be aimed at fighting international and trans-cross boarder crimes in all forms, including human trafficking and terrorism,” he said.
Mr Retzlaff observed that security is the basis for development in every country hence the need to invest in security related projects.
According to him, “success in ensuring security at Ghana’s boarder would be a win-win situation for both Ghana and German, because if the Ghana boarder is safe, its neighbors as well as Europe and Germany would all be safe.”
The Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr Henry Quartey, was of the view that training personnel in document fraud identification was very important and should be enhanced. This is because recent developments across the West African sub-region and global security call for a well thought-out, innovative and proactive approach to migration management, he said.
He observed that most of Ghana’s neighboring countries are being confronted with the threat of terror and believes effective border security, which ensures good profiling and document fraud identification could reduce the threat of insecurity.
He, therefore, thanked Germany for the kind gesture and called for more collaboration between Ghana and Germany.