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The Board Chairman flanked by personnel at the Tarkwa Sector

The Board Chairman of the Ghana Immigration Service, [GIS] Hon. Cletus Avoka, has called on the government to increase the budgetary allocation of the Service to help solve the serious logistical constraints it faces, considering the critical role the Service plays in the socio- economic development and security of the nation.

 He stated that although the GIS is the last of the Security agencies to be set up (1989), its role as the first line of contact is very crucial to the safety of the nation.

Hon. Avoka made these statements when the Board of the GIS paid a four day working visit to the Western Region.  The visit which is the fourth in a series was aimed at having interactions with personnel of the Service,

The Board Chairman flanked by personnel at the Tarkwa Sector

familiarize itself with the activities on the ground and better understand and appreciate the challenges of the officers.
The team first visited the Takordi Regional Office, Sekondi Fishing Harbour, Main Habour and the Regional Minister. They also visited Asankragwa, Dadieso, Jomorro, Enchi, Half Assini, Jaway Wharf, New Town and Elubo Border.

At a staff Durbar held at Elubo, the Board Chairman distraught at the extent of the Service deprivation as compared to the other sister security agencies describing GIS as the ‘Poor Cousins’ of the other agencies. He further lamented that the GIS cannot boast of a single office building as their own. From the National Headquarters to the Regional offices through to the Municipals and the Districts, the Service is either perching or sharing offices with other institutions.

He called on business entities to come to the aid of the Service as part of their corporate social responsibility.
Hon. Avoka commended the personnel of the Service for their attitude and optimism towards work considering the challenges they face in their line of work. He pledged the Boards support in addressing their challenges and charged the personnel to exhibit discipline, hard work, professionalism, honesty and patriotism.

Snr. Insp / Public Affairs
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