The Comptroller-General of Immigration (GCI), Kwame Asuah Takyi has admonished members of the Association of Retired Immigration Officers (ARIO) to eschew all forms of tribal differences and divisive tendencies and be each other’s keeper to promote the welfare of retired officers.
Commending members of ARIO for the effort of bringing together the retirees of Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), he said, “let love and sense of cohesion abound among us and have the interest of the service at heart and protect its image including those in authority.”
He was speaking at the induction ceremony of elected executives of ARIO in Accra on Friday.
The new executives are Moses K Gyamfi, who is the Chairperson, Bonaventure Agortimevor, Vice Chairperson, Francis Odotei, Secretary and Evelyn Bekoe, Assistant Secretary.
The rest are Haki Dramani, Treasurer; David Dzakpasu, Financial Secretary; Humphrey Sangmortey, Assistant Financial Secretary; Peter Dufie, Welfare and Public Relations Officer and Mary Agbele, who is the Assistant Welfare and Public Relations Officer.
Mr Takyi noted that because retirement was certain for every public sector worker, there was the need to put measures in places to make the association more attractive to serving officers to join when they retire, adding that “certainly, where there is an entrance, there is an exit.”
Mr Takyi pledged GIS’ support of GH₵10, 000.00 as seed money for the association and an office by the end of February this year.
On his part, Mr Gyamfi thanked the outgoing executives for their contributions to the growth of the association, and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead the ARIO, pledging to work towards making the association more appealing and attractive to would-be retired officers of the GIS.
He called for a consultative committee to compromise representatives from the association and the Service to share ideas and enable the retirees to transfer the knowledge and expertise acquired over the years to serving officers.
Mr Gyamfi implored the Service to assist the association to bring together all retired officers and also help to establish a good welfare system for the retirees.
He called for active participation and for all members of the association and to have interest in the affairs of the Service, adding: “once an officer, always an officer, and so, whatever affects the Service should be of great concern to us all.”
A member of Council of State and a former Inspector General of Police, Nana Owusu Nsiah, urged the retirees to remain faithful to the course of creating a sense of belonging among themselves and to be good ambassadors of the Service.
Mr Nsiah, who is also a former Director of Immigration, advised authorities of the GIS to put premium on the welfare of Service personnel.
This, he said, was the surest way of getting absolute commitment and loyalty from officers towards the delivering of excellence in security and migration for national development.
BY TIMES REPORTER