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IMMIGRATION SERVICE COUNCIL INAUGURATED

 

Minister of the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, has inaugurated a-13-member Immigration Service Council with a call on members to ensure the full implementation of the new Immigration Service Act and its accompanying Regulations which were passed a year ago.

He stressed that, resourcing the GIS to achieve its mandate of ensuring effective administration and management of migration in Ghana and contribute to National Security would demand, the Council brings to bear, its expertise and knowledge of its members.

Hon. Ambrose Dery underscored the special and crucial role the GIS play in securing the borders of Ghana, maintaining

the country’s territorial integrity and ensuring the economic wellbeing of Ghanaians. He added that recent developments across the world in the area of migration and global security required a well thought-out, innovative and proactive approach to migration management.

He indicated that despite the incessant terrorists’ attacks on some of the West African Countries, there were opportunities for economic advancement that could be harnessed by the country which he said had positioned itself as the gateway to Africa. “Ghana has become an increasingly desirable investment and travel destination”, he noted.

The Council, the first of its kind for the GIS, is chaired by Dr. Edward Prempeh, with the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi; Mrs. Adelaide Anno-Kumi, representing the Ministry of the Interior, Mrs. Stella Dede Williams, representing the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Emmanuel Enos, representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and Mr. Mathew Amponsah of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice being members.

The rest are; Deputy Director of Immigration (Rtd.) in-charge of operations, Hodari Okae, representing the Retired Senior Immigration Officers Association, for serving Senior Officers, DCOI Eric Afari, for serving Junior Officers, Senior Inspector Samuel Adjei Mensah, Mr. Peter R. Zwennes of the Ghana Bar Association and three presidential nominees, Mrs. Hager Dery, Mr. Anthony Namoo (Esq.) and Mr. Benjamin K. Gyasi.

The Chairman of the Immigration Service Council pledged the commitment of the council to the full implementation of the Immigration Service Act and its Regulations. He said they would discharge their duties diligently in accordance with the laid down rules of engagement. He added that they would pursue the issue of Officers of the Immigration Service to be sent to missions abroad and help the border patrol deliver on its mandate.

BY:

Raymond Baxey

AICO I

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