Recruitment Into GIS Still On Hold

Mr Kwesi AhwoiRecruitment into the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) will remain frozen until a thorough staff deployment exercise has been undertaken to provide the real needs of the service.

This is because the under-utilisation of human resources has been identified as one of the problems confronting the service, a situation which led to the freezing, last year, of  recruitment into the GIS.

Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister for the Interior, announced this at  the opening  of a three-day Regional Commanders Conference of the Service, in Accra, yesterday.  “Jobs, we must create, but we should not add to the over-burdening problem of single spine salary management by paying staff salaries for no work done,” he said.

The conference on the theme: “Moving the GIS towards a New Institutional Direction”, sought to take stock of past year’s operational and administrative activities to address short comings as well as improve on achievements.

Mr Ahwoi noted that posting and transfers, as at now, seemed not to have been scientifically analysed and done to ensure that staff numbers were   permutated with their rank so as to ensure effective command and control at all times.

He said that deployments of staff had been lopsided and certain areas appeared to be over-staffed whilst other places were under-staffed.

The minister, therefore, directed the GIS leadership to ensure that the staff re-deployment exercise, which began in the Greater Accra Region, extended to Tema and other regional and district commands throughout the country.

Mr Ahwoi indicated that the dynamics of change in every institutional setting requires that from time to time, operational exigencies and imperatives of the time, give rise to the urgent need for institutions to re-define their policy directions and strategies to achieve better results.

“It is this journey that the GIS has embarked upon towards a new positive outlook derived from the vision of the President as mandated through the Ministry of the Interior to build  strong professional institutions, he said.

The minister said the leadership of the service was on course to achieve the four year development plan in areas of policy, personnel development and information, institutional collaboration and facilities.

He said the service will recruit specialist professionals in information and communications technology, law, civil engineering, librarianship, para-medics, internal auditing, statistics and psychology.”

Mr Ahwoi expressed optimism that the on-going electronic immigration project when completed would automate permit and visa processes to expedite services, efficiency and strict financial accountability.

The service, he said was sitting on a vast amount of wealth, and should double its efforts in order to use part of the internally generated fund to provide logistics at duty posts.

The acting Director the GIS Commissioner of Police (COP) Dr. Peter A. Wiredu, commended the commanders on their efforts, despite the numerous administrative challenges they faced in their stations.

“Thus is the price we sometimes have to pay in leadership. To those of you who have applied personal resources in running your units in such difficult situations, the administration is indeed, profoundly grateful.” he stated.

Mr. Ahwoi charged the GIS  to jealously guard against any attempt by officers to willfully create leakages in revenue generation, warning that anyone caught would not be spared.

Dr. Wiredu urged personnel of the service to co-operate with the investigative committee to do a thorough job in finding to weed out skillful manipulations of documents by some officers to undermine revenue collection.

He said a five-member management subcommittee has been put in place to proofread  the draft conditions of service to ensure that all allowances and pension benefits are well packaged and charged to the consolidated fund. By Lawrence Akpalu  

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