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Felix Sarpong Pulled Out

 

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The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has for the first time in the history of the Service organized a pull - out ceremony for its first Comptroller – General, Felix Yaw Sarpong at the National Headquarters in Accra.


Mr. Sarpong, a career Immigration officer was enlisted into the Service on 2nd January, 1979 as a Trainee Officer Grade 11, when the Service was a department under the Ministry of Interior. He rose meritoriously through the ranks with discipline, dedication, commitment to duty and hard work and served in various capacities for 38 years.

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Achievements during the tenure of Mr. Sarpong
Under his tenure, the Service achieved lots of laurels amongst  them was the passage of the Immigration Service Regulations, 2016 ‘(L.I 2245)’ and the Immigration Service Act 2016, ‘Act 908’ which saw the elevation in the rank of the head of the Service from Director to Comptroller- General, the legal backing to bear arms in the operations of the Service, change of Board to Council and the increase in the number from ten (10) to fifteen with representations of Retired Officers, a serving senior officer and a junior officer.
Others are the significant increase in the revenue generation, completion and the furnishing of the Headquarters expansion Project, Gonokrom residential accommodation for officers and completion of the acquisition of a two- block of 8-flates, 2 –bedroom residential accommodation at Kpone and 16- flats executive apartment at Dansoman.
The Service was also given the approval for the use of a customized vehicle registration number “GI” that uniquely identifies GIS as it pertains in other jurisdictions and the addition of stock of vehicles, motorbikes and other logistics.

Valedictory message
In his valedictory message during the ceremony, Mr. Sarpong, urged the Service to roll- out the e-Immigration Project which is expected to inject professionalism into GIS’s operations and expedite permit processing, strength the Border Patrol Unit (BPU), by providing arms and ammunitions as well as modern border management equipment to totally secure the nation’s territorial integrity and security especially in the light of   current threats of terrorism and other transnational crimes.
He further requested the Service to streamline and regulate the issues concerning border residents, build a new National Headquarters for the GIS and Regional Headquarters across the 11 regional commands, establish Chaplaincy, and pursue a harmonized system of identity.
To his predecessor Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi, he wished him well and admonished Management, personnel and stakeholders of the Service to accord him the same support extended to him and even more to enable him succeed.
Mr. Sarpong expressed his appreciation to the President for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation, ‘I am greatly honoured’, he added. He also thanked the National Immigration Management Committee and the entire staff of the Service for firmly standing by him during his tenure, and God Almighty for how far He’s brought him.
Minister’s remarks
The Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, commended Mr. Sarpong, for his selfless -service to GIS which positively impacted on the Service and reviving several abandoned projects and initiating new ones for the benefit of the Service and the nation at large.
Hon. Dery, stated that though the road may have ended for him in GIS, it’s the beginning of another life in a new way and asked for God’s guidance in the next chapter of his life. He wished the new Comptroller well as he takes up the leadership mantel.
New comptroller-General
On his part, the new Comptroller - General, Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi, expressed appreciation for the invaluable contribution of the out - gone Comptroller- General to the Service and the nation and thanked him for the hard work in shaping the administrative and operational delivery of the Service. He assured the gathering that he will build on the foundation laid by the out- gone Comptroller-General.
He disclosed that his vision is to see to the enactment of a new Immigration Act to replace Immigration Act 2000, Act 573 to meet current trends and challenges of migration.

The ceremony was witnessed by Former Deputy Directors of the Service, Members of the Association of Retired Immigration Officers (ARIO), Chief Director of  Interior, Representatives of Service Commanders and the Commissioner of CEPS and family and friends of the out-gone Comptroller - General in attendance.

 

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BY:
BARBARA SAM
Snr. Insp / Public Affairs
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