The Elubo sector command of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) says it has intensified 24-hour patrols within the surrounding communities on the Elubo border, in the Jomoro Municipality of the Western Region, to control the movement of people into the country in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
It also assures an increased surveillance at both main border and all the identified unapproved routes along the western frontiers.
The Elubo Sector Commander of the GIS, Chief Superintendent Ahmed Musah, gave the assurance when the Western Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service, Deputy Commissioner of Immigration (DCI), Dr Prosper P.D. Asima, paid a working visit to the Elubo Border, on Thursday.
The visit formed part of his strategy to ensure that the western part of the country which bordered with Ivory Coast had been completely sealed off in compliance with the President’s directives on the ravaging coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic.
Chief Supt Musah said “We have put our officers on high alert since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the subsequent closure of the country’s borders due to the possible importation of the virus from abroad, precise through some of the unapproved routes.
“All the necessary security measures have been put in place together with the Elubo Border Security Committee (BOSEC) to deter and possibly arrest all recalcitrant travellers who may out of desperation resort to the use of some of the unapproved routes.” he added.
He said that the Elubo command had also increased the number of officers on daily patrols and is constantly engaging the membership of BOSEC to evaluate their border management operational strategies.
Later, DCI Asima and his team for their part sought the support of the chiefs and the elders of the community to educate their people to collaborate with all the relevant stakeholders by providing useful information for prompt action.
At a meeting with the Elubo Border Security Management Committee, DCI Asima commended them for their dedication and commitment to the course of this country, especially during this “not normal times’ and assured them of the fullest support from the Comptroller-General.
At Ghana Nungua and Coco town communities, he interacted with officers deployed to man the identified unapproved routes, and commended them for their “show of resilience and dedication to duty in these trial times” stressing “a closure means a closure, so they should enforce the directives to the letter.”
He said “We assure the good people of the Western Region, and the nation, that adequate security operational measures have been put in place, to prevent the possible importation of coronavirus (Covid-19) through any of our various entry points.”