The Director of Immigration Service, Felix Sarpong, has stressed the need to build a solid infrastructure along the boundaries of the country.
A statement issued and copied The Ghanaian Times, yesterday to mark the celebration of African Border Day, a day set aside by the Commission of the African Union, noted that proper demarcation and protection of borders were very crucial for peace, security and stability.
The theme for the celebration is “African year of human rights” with a special focus on children and women who mostly suffer the more in conflict and war situations.
The statement said there was therefore the urgent need for an aggressive development of Ghana’s border infrastructure to meet international standards and to better secure the country’s boundaries.
“It is also incumbent on border officials to make the borders a safe area for legitimate travellers and also ensure that the borders are not breached by criminals. We need to place impediments in the way of criminally-minded persons and also ensure that our operations at the borders serve as a deterrent to criminals,” it said.
Citing the United States November 9 disaster, the statement said most countries have introduced the use of technology and military accoutrement in securing their borders.
It said the region including Ghana had similarly threats from terrorist groups such as Boko Haram abducting women and girls and in some cases using them as suicide bombers
The statement said it was for such reason the African Union has set for itself an ambitious target of having all inter-state borders delimited and demarcated by 2017.
By Times Reporter