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GIS COMMISSIONS TWO NEW BORDER POSTS

 

As part of efforts by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to curb human smuggling and trafficking of persons across the borders of Ghana, two new border posts have been inaugurated at Agortime-Apegame and Hodzokope in the Volta Region.

The projects, under the auspices of the European Union (EU) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) seeks to eradicate irregular migration and other transnational border crimes.

In a speech delivered on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI) by the Volta Regional Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration (DCOI)

Isaac Owusu Mensah stated that the provision of the border posts which comprised offices, holding rooms for human trafficking victims, communication gadgets, computers, night vision devices, metal detectors, tents, camp beds, raincoats, solar panels, standby generator, a vehicle, motor bikes, amongst others had come in handy and at more opportune time where the challenge of human trafficking at those borders were on the increase.

He noted that the facilities and logistics would enhance the capacity of Officers and it would also help Officers patrol the borders effectively and deal with issues such as illegal migration, human smuggling and trafficking in persons which he said were on the ascendency.

He added that the GIS would not relent on equipping its personnel with the requisite logistics towards ensuring effective management of migration and contribute to national security.  The Volta Regional Commander thanked the EU and IOM for their kind gesture and assured them that they would be put to good use.

The Chief of Mission of IOM, Ms. Sylvia Lopez Ekra who handed over the projects to the GIS, bemoaned the spate of irregular migration and indicated that the year 2016 was the most deadly year on record, adding that the year under review saw Seven Thousand people dying as a result of irregular migration with Five Thousand dying on the Mediterranean Sea alone, most of whom she said were from the sub-Saharan Africa. She explained that the situation kept recurring because they had the lesser means to travel and they used the most dangerous means of crossing the sea.

According to her, the situation in Ghana was pretty alarming and that in the year 2016; Five Thousand Six Hundred and Thirty-Six (5,636) Ghanaians arrived in Italy by the use of a boat. This she attributed to incessant quest for greener pastures.

Ms. Ekra applauded the commitment of Officers and Men of the GIS and called for the good usage of the facilities. She admonished Officers and Men to live-up to the task of combating irregular migration and curbing transnational crimes.

In attendance were sister security agencies from Togo and Ghana.

BY:

Raymond Baxey

AICO I

Public Affairs

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