Government says the complexity of globalization and its impact on migration and security management calls for an increase in the human resource requirement of the Ghana Immigration Service, both in numbers and capabilities.
Vice President Dr. Bawumiah says government will leave no stone unturned in strengthening the management of immigration in order to deal with the emerging complexities.
The adoption of modern technology as one of the most reliable vehicles towards the attainment of the goals is what government is pursing aggressively.
Speaking at the passing out of the 11th cadet intake of the Ghana Immigration Service at Assin Fosu in the Central Region, the Vice President assured government will not be complacent with the security management of the country and wants people in Ghana to go about their activities without fear.
The Ghana Immigration Service, he says has to adopt a more innovative and a robust approach in managing migration issues in the interest of the state to ensure that illegal migrants do not compromise the security of the country.
“The management of migration and its security implications on security across the world is increasingly becoming intricate with each passing day and Ghana is no exception. Government will not renege on its responsibility in the provision of the logistics to support the Ghana Immigration Service,” he indicated.
The Vice President also revealed government was in the final stages of procuring arms and ammunition for the Ghana Immigration Service to improve security. “We are also going to equip them with specialized surveillance equipment to enable them to meet the demands of the job on their hands,” he revealed.
Dr Bawumiah explained government was determined to rid the country of all types of crimes and as a result has handed over 150 high performing vehicles to the Ghana Immigration Service. “Many foreigners counterfeiting the country’s currencies have been arrested with the support of the GIS. Officers will no more go on operational duties with their private vehicles,” he said.
The Vice president also announced an increase in the IGF retention from 13 to 30 per cent, an announcement that received a tumultuous applause from his audience.
Dr. Bawumiah commissioned a 221-capacity hostel facility and a 300-capacity lecture hall for the immigration academy after the passing out ceremony. The training school, he says, has also been upgraded with a 280-capacity hostel.
The over 300 graduating officer cadets have been given professional and para military training, classroom and practical lessons in immigration laws, practices and procedures in intelligence gathering.