The Chief Director of the Ministry of Interior, Mrs Adelaide Anno-Kumi, has entreated officers of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to remain disciplined, patriotic, and have a positive attitude towards work in the New Year.
She urged them to also respect each other and collaborate effectively with other security agencies in the course of their work.
Mrs Anno-Kumi made the call at a thanksgiving service, organised by GIS on the theme: “Give thanks to God in all circumstances,” in Accra, on Friday.
She said that data available to the ministry showed that the GIS was the most sought-after service because of the good image it had portrayed over the years, and urged personnel to sustain the feat.
Mrs Anno-Kumi advised GIS personnel to be vigilant and report suspicious characters to the appropriate authorities.
Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, Comptroller-General, GIS, appealed to the personnel to be dedicated to work to move the country forward.
He said the GIS was working to finalise its 2023-2028 Strategic Plan, to ensure public safety, security, service delivery and harness the benefits of migration for the socio-economic development of the country.
“This will be anchored on digitalisation of our work systems to ensure efficiency and effective use of resources,” Mr Takyi said.
He also cautioned GIS personnel against negative attitudes and the “pull him down mentality”.
He said the GIS has in consultation with sister security and intelligence agencies developed the National Land Border Security Strategy to ensure effective patrol of the country’s borders.
Mr Takyi said the government has constructed the Immigration Service Training School, at Tepa, and was constructing Immigration Service Tactical Training School, at Kyebi.
He said the GIS had witnessed an increase in recruitment of personnel and the provision of logistics, which has enhanced its visibility at the borders.
The GIS Comptroller General assured the public that the GIS would continue to ensure the territorial integrity of the borders and prevent miscreants from entering to disturb their peace.
“We will continue to contribute our quota in enhancing the internal security of the country to promote a prosperous economic wellbeing of our people,” he said.
BY ABIGAIL ARTHUR