V/R GIS demands logistics to check unapproved routes

Mr Kwame Takyi, Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service

Mr Kwame Takyi, Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service

The Volta Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Peter Claver Nantuo, has appealed to government to provide his outfit with more logistics for the effective patrolling of unapproved routes along the border.


He said the rigorous patrols would curb smuggling, adding that, securing the border would be realised if the campaign against the use of unapproved routes was sustained.


Mr Nantuo made this known when he paid a working visit to some border posts under Akanu Sector Command in the region.


Accompanied by some senior officers, Mr Nantuo’s tour was to know the challenges facing the personnel and how to find solutions.


During the tour some immigration personnel said some traders deliberately fail to declare their goods and papers in order to avoid paying duties, whilst others used unapproved routes to smuggle goods.


Mr Nantuo said it was the intention of the service to put in place efficient mechanisms to ensure that goods and services that are supposed to be checked at the various borders were dealt with without any difficulty.


According to him, the new system would not only pave the way for efficiency at the borders, but also enhance the country’s image at the border.


He also expressed concern about the ascendency of human trafficking, saying perpetrators have being adopting new ways to outwit security officers.


Mr Nantuo further hinted that by December, a joint Ghana-Togo border post at Akanu would officially be commissioned.


He therefore tasked the personnel to learn some basic French vocabularies in order to enhance their work.


He advised the officers to exhibit high standard of professionalism and be ethical in the execution of their duties, stressing that acts of indiscipline would not be accepted.


He called for effective coordination among officers at the various border posts so as to address the challenges faced by customers.


Chief Superintendent Attobrah Godson, Akanu Sector Commander, commended the efforts of the Regional Commander, saying it would motivate them to work hard.


He assured that with the needed tools and skills, they would always be on top of security issues along the borders.




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