The Ministry for the Interior has initiated action to restructure the Ghana Refugee Board and transfer the temporary staff unto Government payroll.
The Minister for the Interior, Hon Kwesi Ahwoi, announced this when he took his turn at the 'meet the press' series in Accra on Monday.
According to Hon. Ahwoi, the Togolese government had reported that over 17,000 Ghanaians were seeking asylum in Togo as a result of intermittent communal conflicts in Northern Region since 1993.
He said the ministry was very much concerned about the security of the country and was determined to improve upon the situation.
The minister mentioned the registration of declaration by people who wanted to renounce their citizenship, registration and naturalisation, among others as some of services rendered by the ministry.
He hinted that 39 foreigners applied to naturalise as Ghanaians while 29 were approved and 10 were outstanding, adding that the Immigrant Quota Committee, granted 447 work permits to sectors in 2013.
In maintaining law and order, Hon Ahwoi said, the formed Police unit haD been positioned for local and international deployment.
He said the police hospital project was on course, whilst the administration and academic blocks for the marine police unit at Aiyinase were nearing completion.
Additionally, he said, the Police Service had provided boreholes and sanitation facilities at the various barracks across the nation.
Hon Ahwoi explained that the escape rate of inmates in the prisons had reduced as a result of the safe custody and welfare of inmates by the Prison service.
He announced that 11 and 3 inmates sat for the BECE and WASSCE respectively and came out with 100% passes, adding that from 2013 to date, 342 prisoners had been equipped with vocational and technical skills in preparation for their release.
On narcotics, he said the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) had recorded a total of 41 narcotic drug cases with 40 arrests.
He said 3 NACOB staffs were currently undergoing a German Government-sponsored sniffer dog handling training programme in Germany.
On the achievements of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), the minister said NADMO had organised a crisis communication workshop for journalists and other stakeholders.
He said NADMO had also desilted and widened main river channels in Accra and the Tema metropolis.
The minister highlighted the increasing involvement of the youth in crime, including armed robbery, weak enforcement of migration laws leading to influx of illegal immigrants, deliberate building on water ways, absence of non-custodial sentencing or measures, and inadequate reformation and rehabilitation programmes resulting in recidivism as some of the challenges the ministry was facing.
Source: ISD (Raymond Kwofie / Wellina Neequaye)