The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of joint Border Management Committee as a prelude to integrated Border Management.
This move is expected to lay foundation for conflictless border operations undertaken by the two border agencies.
Commissioner-General of GRA , Emmanuel Kofi Nti, addressing members of the Committee and the media in Accra on Thursday emphasized the importance of understanding that each border agency is located is strategically situated to serve the national interest and therefore there is no need for conflicts between the two agencies.
It is his belief however that conflicts often arise because instead of serving the common interest of the nation, personnel of the border agencies rather strive to serve thier selfish interest.
“ln the process of serving their selfish interests, complex situations arise and by human nature a struggle for superiority sets in,” he stated.
A representative of the Minster for the Interior promised the minstry’s determination to help the two agencies and to boost their morale.
Lawyer Kwame E.Takyi, Controller General of GIS said the prevailing system for the management of Ghana’s borders is one of individual and uncoordinated operations by different Border agencies formulating in the duplication of functions and waste of resources and inter agency animosities, among others.
He believed therefore that the signing of the MOU is a decision in the right direction.
Leader of the Committee, Lord Afrifa, who is also the Deputy Controller General at GIS in charge of Operations and Command Post pledged the commitment of the members towards the task.
Source: Theresa Adezewa Ayittey ||