A 30-member delegation from the Nigerian National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) has undertaken a study tour of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to learn from its operations.
Drawn from the Senior Executive Course (SEC) 43 of the NIPPSS, the one-day tour afforded them a chance to study how GIS initiate policies, engage stakeholders and implement policies in relation to border security and migration management.
Addressing the delegation on Friday, the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Kwame AsuahTakyi said policies were fundamental to efficient control and delivery of GIS mandate and services.
“Policies must be established, applied, monitored and reviewed for excellent results,” he said.
Mr Takyi said collaboration was an important policy for which reason the Service was “striving to get things done right by developing inter-institutional linkages for learning and sharing experiences.”
He, therefore,lauded the NIPSS for the mutually beneficial relationship it had with the Service, recounting the visit of members from SEC 42 for a similar programme, and the Nigerian Immigration Service’ exchange programme with the GIS on Gender Mainstreaming earlier this year.
He expressed the hope that the collaborative effort between the two institutions would result in networking, capacity building and joint research by the two countries.
Head of GIS Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Department, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Thomas Ewuntomah took the delegation through a presentation on “The Role of GIS in Policy Implementation.”
He highlighted, among other things,the structure and mandate of the Service, the critical role of stakeholder engagement and interagency collaboration, peculiar security challenges in Ghana, and actions taken against terrorism threats.
On his part, Directing Staff and leader of the Delegation, Professor Dung Pam Sha praised the cordiality between Ghana and Nigeria, and assured that sharing experiences and learning from each other was the way to go for the sub-region.
He thanked the GIS for the warm reception and very fruitful discussion.
BY TIMES REPORTER