Hon. Avoka made these remarks when the GIS Board embarked on a four day tour of borders in the Upper East Region to acquaint itself with the state of the borders as well as conditions under which personnel of the Service work.The tour which is the second of its kind since the Board was appointed took them to Paga, Namo, Zebilla, Pulmakom and Pussiga. They were also at Kulungugu, Missaga, Bolgatanga and the Tamale Regional Offices.
The Board Chair assured the officers that the Board would give the necessary support to the new Director and expected same from the management of the Service as well as the entire staff. He said the days when personnel of the sister security services were posted to head the GIS are over and that the Service was in a position to churn its own leaders
He further indicated that hard work, humility, dedication, focus and discipline are the cardinal principles required in achieving anything and the appointment of the new Director is testament to that fact.
On his part the new Ag. Director Felix Yaw Sarpong, threw light on the GIS Bill 2015 which has been passed by parliament now awaiting the presidential assent. He said an implementation committee had been set up to ensure that all provisions of the new law are fully implemented.
He made specific reference to the mandate of GIS for personnel to bear arms and emphasized the need for some officers to go for refresher programmes in weapon handling. Considering that it’s been about 8 years since the last batch of Border Patrol Officers went for training at the Military Training School in Asutuare. He disclosed to the gathering that the Service was making arrangement to procure about three thousand  pistols and four thousand  rifles.
He assured personnel in the region that their needs would be prioritized considering the enormous challenges and the harsh weather condition they have to endure in their quest to safeguard the country’s frontiers bordering Togo and Burkina Faso.
Regional and Sectors Commanders also took turns to address the Board mentioning some of their achievement and highlighting their challenges which mostly bothered on lack of communication gadgets, inadequate residential accommodations for officers, insufficient allocation of Service uniform as well as limited logistics such as motor bikes and vehicles for Border Patrol Personnel activities.