The administration of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has taken the necessary steps to upgrade its Techiman District Command in the Bono East Region to the status of a Regional Command.
The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi, disclosed this when he paid a two-day working visit to the Techiman District Command of the GIS.
As part of this visit, Mr. Asuah Takyi inspected facilities of the command and addressed a durbar of service personnel, where he admonished them to exercise a great deal of discipline and good judgment in the discharge of their duties.
He commended the service personnel for their dedication to duty despite the challenges they are confronted with, and urged them not to renege on their intelligence-gathering responsibilities.
The Comptroller-General assured the service personnel of management’s commitment towards furnishing the command with the necessary resources and logistics that would befit the status of a Regional Command.
He expressed gratitude to the Techiman Municipal Assembly for bequeathing to the service additional offices at both the Techiman and Kintampo commands.
He also called on the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), where he interacted with the personnel, and advised them to collaborate and support each other towards ensuring security in the region.
In April this year, Mr Henry Quartey, Deputy Minister for the Interior, inaugurated a training facility for the Document Fraud Expertise Centre (DFEC) in Accra.
At the said inauguration, the Deputy Minister noted that recent developments across the West African sub-region on global security called for a well thought-out, innovative and proactive approach to migration management.
He said: “As you are all aware, some of our neighbouring countries are confronted with the threat of terror,” but in the midst of those challenges and threats, effective border security, which ensures good profiling and document fraud identification, could reduce the threat of insecurity.
The ultra-modern training facility was built by the German government to assist in the capacity-building of personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and other relevant institutions that might require some training services.
The Deputy Minister said the GIS has a crucial role to play in securing the country’s borders, maintaining the country’s territorial integrity, and ensuring her economic well-being.
He noted that the facility has come at the right time to augment the efforts of the government and that of the service to improve the capacity of officers in document fraud detection.
Mr Quartey said trans-national crimes mostly take place through the abuse of documents, especially source and travel documents, and that there was the need for concerted efforts to be made in the fight against trans-national crimes.
“The training of personnel in document fraud identification is very important and should be enhanced,” he said, and expressed the appreciation of the Government of Ghana and the Ministry for the gesture by the Federal Republic of Germany.
Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, Comptroller-General of Immigration, said the facility would boost the capacity of the centre in conducting further training for all concerned.
He said the activities of the DFEC contributed to the global fight against terrorism, money laundering, human smuggling/trafficking, drug trafficking and other trans-national crimes.