The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in collaboration with the European Union has commissioned a Risk Analysis Cell (RAC) Center to combat crime related activities across the borders of Ghana.
The center will ensure human trafficking and illegal migrants and other related crimes across the borders of African countries are properly checked and curbed.
The Deputy Commissioner General in charge of Finance and Administration, Judith Djokoto Lomoh, who represented the Commissioner of Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Service (GRA), said, the commissioning of the center is in the right direction because it comes at a time when the global trend of migration has changed in terms of numbers and considering the volume of migrants from various regions across Europe and North America.
She indicated that the center would help to address the challenges of growing trend of illegal migrants, human trafficking and other related crimes across the borders of the country and ensure the mission of the center is well adhere to the benefit of our International bodies and the nation as a whole.
The Deputy Minister of Interior, Henry Quartey, who represented the sector minister acknowledged the effort of GIS through extensive participation within the scope of Frontex regular activities since 2010.
He indicated, the cell center would enhance the capacity of member countries to develop, share analytical products and actionable intelligence of migratory situations, border security issues as well as cross border crimes.
He urged border personnel across countries to collectively work to combat the border related crimes. He cited the irregular movements of young and energetic ladies to the Gulf state and human abuses, which government is aware and that efforts are being made to streamline their activities.
The Deputy Minister pledged government’s commitment to continue rendering support to GIS through the provision of relevant polices and logistics to enable the institution perform its duties as required under the laws of Ghana.
“We also will continue to deepen our relationship with our partners for the purposes of fostering good working relationship in the areas of security and intelligence.” he indicated.
The Head of Governance at the EU, Maria Luisa Troncoso, said the establishment of the cell center marks a new beginning of the country to collect and analyze information of both migration and border security.
The Risk Analysis Cell center is established across the African countries within the ECOWAS region in which about 28 countries are participants including Ghana. It is to curb human trafficking, illegal migration, asylum, smuggling and other related crimes across the borders.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey