In his working visit to the Immigration Headquarters, he reiterated that the Immigration Service is one of the most important Security agency in any nation and especially of the country Ghana and therefore, it has come under public scrutiny than ever before and is expected to make an impact with its activities.
Honorable Aboah, was quick to add that as the only security agency mandated by law to patrol the borders, regulate and monitor the entry, residence, employment and the exit of foreigners, the onus lies on the Service to be extremely vigilant in this regard.
He mentioned that the Ministry has received reports of illegal immigrants in the small scale mining sector which is raising serious security and environmental issues, by stating that illegal immigrants have been arrested with weapons and investigations have shown that most of those arrested did not have the required work and residence permit. He therefore called on the Acting Director of Immigration, to conduct investigations on the matter and submit a report to the Ministry.
He cautioned officers especially those who indulge in excessive fraternization with foreigners as well as choose to work as agents for them in the procurement of permits for financial gains, that the practice is very unprofessional and also against the law and personnel who see the Service as an avenue for becoming rich overnight should either change from it or plan their early exit quietly on their own before they are ousted.
Welcoming the Minister in his speech, the Acting Director of Immigration, COP Dr. Peter A. Wiredu, complimented the Minister for his hard work, selflessness, devotion to duty and visionary leadership qualities he exhibited as Director of Immigration.
Some of his achievements were the establishment of the Training School and Academy both located at Assin Fosu in the Central Region and the laying of administration and quasi- legal frame work for the application and enforcement of disciplinary procedures that a regimental security Service needs.
He expressed the hope that the Minister will use his good office and wealth of professional experience to help the Service receive appropriate levels of funding and logistics so as to enhance their professional effectiveness and efficiency
Dr Wiredu took advantage of the Minister’s visit to enumerate the numerous challenges the Service is facing which include; inadequate accommodation, uniform and other accessories, transportation, communication and other operational equipment, and budgetary allocations, and appealed that the government will assist the Service in that direction.