|GIS Holds Regional Directors Conference|
|Wednesday, 14 December 2011 08:23|
The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has been called upon to be extra vigilant as it discharges its focal duty of managing and regulating the entry, stay and exit of visitors as well as residents in the country.
The Minister for the Interior, Mr Benjamin Kunbuor, who made the call, noted that Ghana was becoming a desirable investment destination for foreign nationals due to its hospitable nature and the recent oil find, but cautioned that it was not every visitor to the country who might have the right motive.
Dr Kunbour was delivering the keynote address at the opening of the second regional conference for Commanders of the GIS in Accra, yesterday.
The two-day conference aims to take stock of the past year and to make projections for the coming year.
Dr Kunbour lauded the rationale for the conference as it provides an opportunity for commanders to share their professional experiences, saying “It provides a platform to identify constraints to the realization of set targets, leading to a determination of a roadmap, applying appropriate strategies for the ensuing year.”
He called on the GIS to work extra hard to reduce the incidence of cross border crimes which include drug trafficking, money laundering, the proliferation of arms, human trafficking and smuggling.”
The Minister said as a security institution, the GIS would be expected to assist in next year’s electoral process and that nothing short of utmost neutrality and impartiality in the discharge of their duties would be accepted.
Touching on the Scheme and Conditions of the Service of the GIS, Dr Kunbuor disclosed that the Ministry had forwarded a draft document to the Attorney-General’s Department for study and approval.
He advised the Commanders to address the disturbing stories in the media about the GIS which had the negative tendency of marring the reputation of the Service.
“It is sometimes very embarrassing to hear stories of extortion of monies from travellers and the involvement of immigration officers in visa racketeering syndicates,” he lamented.
The Board Chairman of GIS, Dr Seth Otuteye, noted that the operations of the GIS in the contemporary world were critical as far as security was concerned.
Dr Otuteye, therefore, urged the Commanders to work with a high sense of professionalism, as the way they went about their duties would reflect on the Service’s achievement of its broad statutory objectives.
The Director of the GIS, Dr Peter Wiredu, complained about the inadequacy of vehicles and other facilities that affected the operations of the Service, and appealed for interventions to enhance the work of the GIS.
Source: ISD (Isaac Parbey and Loretta Ashie)