The Minister of the Interior Ambrose Dery has assured immigration officers the Akuffo Addo government will ensure that they get the necessary incentives to help them discharge their duties effectively.
He said as guards of the country’s entry points it is crucial that they work to ward off any form of ill directed at it.
“You must be proactive… that certain activities like galamsey you help in tackling them by making sure that all foreigners in this country have all the right documents to be here… also you are to help in curbing the menace of child trafficking as you protect this boarder” he said
The minister said this when he took his three day tour of the Western Region to Elubo in Jomoro District.
Some of the personnel in an interaction with the minister pleaded with him to increase their quarterly allocation to them.
Mr. Dery assured government will make sure that at least they always get what they are due and on time.
“Your regional commander has intimated to me that every quarter only GHC 60,000 is budgeted for Ghana Immigration Service which is not enough. Going forward we are going to increase it… I can assure you that my ministry is going to roll out measures which will ensure that all your needs are met to make this outfit very professional”.
The sector minister was sadden by the state of the offices in which the immigration personnel stationed at Elubo find themselves.
“I have visited your offices and they are not in good shape. I think you should be comfortable when working to make you effective… l have observed your preparation towards the construction of an edifice, which will serve as an accommodation for officers. In the mean time we will ensure that your rent allowance are duly paid to tackle your accommodation needs”.
He also entreated them to be good ambassadors of the country by introducing to foreigners some of the good initiatives of the Akufo Addo government so as to attract investors into the country.
“The Ghana Immigration Service is the first point of contact if an Ivorian is coming to Ghana hence it is your duty to advocate the business fortunes in Ghana… We have one district one factory, one village one dam and all business friendly policies to attract investors into the country”.
DCI Dr. Prosper Delali Asimah, the Western Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service noted visits into the country is increasing each year.
“Per our statistics it is observed that in 2014 the region recorded 66,152 foreigners came into the country via the Elubo boarder. We recorded 85,593 travelers in 2015. In 2016 the region recorded 125, 128 foreigners using the Elubo boarder… just up to the end of the third quote of this year we have recorded 107, 286 foreigners which means that this year we will record more visits”.
He observed that the increasing visits will require that the service is adequately resourced to be able to ensure any foreigner coming into the country is profiled well.