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GIS, IOM to fight border crime

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THE Ghana Immigration Services and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), with funding from the European Union (EU), are set to fight crime at the various borders of Ghana.

The GIS and the IOM through the Ghana Integrated Migration Management Approach (GIMMA) has been equipped to manage Ghana’s border.

A presentation was made to the GIS at their headquarters in Accra where various equipment, worth over GH₵2 million, were donated to them to fight border crime.

GIS as the main migration management agency in Ghana will use the vehicles, IT equipment and other items presented at five border post offices in the Volta and Western Regions.

This will contribute directly to enhancing the capacity of effectively managing borders particularly in remote areas.
The Deputy Minister for Interior, Henry Quartey, said government identifies international migration as an inherent and integral part of Ghana’s developmental process and that the true benefits of the migration can be derived if the requisite structures are effectively in place.

He added that the Nana Addo-led government, therefore, fully identifies with and shares the commitment of the international community to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits host and origin countries as well as migrants.

On his part, the Controller-General of the GIS, Kwame Asuah Takyi, said the IOM began the implementation of the GIMMA project in June 2014 which was aimed at contributing to government’s effort to manage migration effectively through the establishment of an integrated migration management approach.

He said the project has chalked some success with the finalisation of the GIS training syllabus, construction of five ultra-modern border posts and construction of a migration information centre in Sunyani.

He expressed the GIS’s appreciation for the continuous support given them and assured all that the equipment donated will be used accordingly.

The Chief of Mission at the IOM, Ms Sylvia Lapez-Ekra, added that human trafficking can be tracked and monitored with better border patrol unit and with the right assistance migration database can be useful.

She called on government to support the GIS in their fight against border issues and also urged the GIS to adopt a good maintenance culture.

Source: Kenneth O. ADADE || The Finder, Accra

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