Immigration Service, Stakeholders To Fight Human Trafficking

The Ghana Immi-gration Service (GIS) has called on stakeholders to intensify the fight against human trafficking and migrant smuggling.

The Deputy Director of Legal Affairs at the GIS, Ms. Baaba Victoria Ninette Asare, who made the call, said the collaboration which exists between the GIS and other state agencies should be strengthened to ensure that the menace was brought to its bearest minimum.

Ms. Asare made the call in Accra, when the GIS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its stakeholders on the fight against Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling and other related offences.

The institutions were Ghana Police Service, Attorney General’s Department, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Passport Office, and Registrar General’s Department.

Others are Death and Birth Registry, Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) and Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).

The agreement borders on a comprehensive programme to manage issues confronted by the service in its quest to deal with the twin canker.

Under the MoU each institution is obliged to carry out its core responsibility of fighting the canker collaboratively with the other agencies.

According to Ms. Asare, the move was to concretise the collaboration between GIS and its stakeholders and indicate clearly the level of collaborative efforts and responsibility among the institutions.

Ms. Asare was optimistic that the MOU would strengthen efforts in managing migration issues.

“It is apparent that this MoU would effectively cement our collaborative effort and ensure standardization in our approach to dealing with migration related issues especially those with dire consequences on the socio-economic growth of the country”, she stated.


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