The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), has justified the recent realignment of senior officers, saying it was in line with the vision of the Service to enhance efficiency and security at the country entry points.
The Service announced new appointments and transfers of some of its senior officers effective today, Monday, April 09, 2018.
Speaking to Citi News, the Public Affairs Director of GIS, Supt. Michael Amoako Attah, said the rearrangement will ensure appropriate officer ranks manage various departments.
“His vision for 2018 was that it should be a year of action, he wants to see our policies coming out and being implemented and the borders becoming very secured, and migration being managed in a way that will benefit the nation,” he said.
Supt. Michael Amoako Attah also noted that the service selects officers based on expertise, skills and knowledge, in order to ensure that the service achieves its purpose fully.
In 2017, a similar reassignment affected Thirty-one middle-level management officials of the Ghana Immigration Service.
It was the second major shake-up under the watch of the new Comptroller of GIS, Kwame Asuah Takyi, who took office in March 2017.
That exercise was to ensure that officers who served in deprived areas also get the chance to experience more exciting duty post.
The Ghana Immigration Service has blamed the influx of illegal immigrants into the country on relaxed requirements for movement across the borders of nations belonging to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
According to the Immigration Service’s Head of Public Affairs, the lack of strict rules governing the movement of persons across the borders is hindering the ability of the governments of West African nations to effectively manage entry into their territories.