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The Chairman for the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) Council, Dr. Edward Prempeh, has stated that, the Council was ready to work for the betterment of the Service on a streamline four-pillar agenda in accordance with directives from the Minister of Interior. 

He stated that, the Council will focus on tightening security at the borders against illegal migration and monitoring of activities of foreigners in the country, deploying of officers to missions abroad to issue visas to foreigners willing to visit Ghana, assist in the creation of an enabling environment to generate more revenue to support effective Immigration Service delivery and assist in providing a stress free acquisition of Ghanaian passports. 

Dr. Edward Prempeh reiterated that the President of Ghana, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwah   Akuffo Addo, has stated that he was in a hurry to actualize his visions for the country which includes the development and branding of the GIS, hence, the Council expects the full support from personnel of the entire Immigration Service to implement with dispatch decisions of the Council.   
The Chairman made these remarks during the opening ceremony of a two-day orientation workshop organized by the GIS to brief Members on the operations of the Service at Koforidua in the Eastern Region. The workshop which was the first for the Council Members of the GIS comes barely two weeks after being sworn into office for a four-year term by the Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery.
Giving his welcome address, the Comptroller-General of Immigration, Kwame Asuah Takyi was optimistic that the Council would implement the new Immigration Act, 2016 (ACT 908), which amongst other items is to see to the deployment of GIS Officers to foreign missions abroad as mandated by law in Section 4 (1) (E) of the Immigration Law.  He empathized that GIS would be ready to embolden the names of the Interior Minister, his Deputy, and Council Members in gold plates as a form of appreciation when implementation was fulfilled.
Mr. Asuah Takyi called on members of Management to deepen corporate governance relations with the Council to enable it function well and uplift the image of the Service.

The Deputy Minister for the Interior, Hon. Henry Quartey who was the Special Guest for the occasion assured GIS of Government´s support and urged it to initiate more strategies to curb the multiplicity of criminal activities such as human trafficking and the fight against irregular migration within the West African sub-region.

Gifty Amgborme

Snr. Insp.

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