There is therefore need to adopt a comprehensive and cooperative approach to border management to deal with the pressures of trade facilitation, integration and greater globalization to strike a balance between enhanced security and facilitation of international trade, he reiterated. In a speech read on his behalf by the Central Regional Minister, Hon. Kweku Ricketts - Hagan, at the Graduation Parade of Cadet Intake VIII of the GIS at the Service’s Academy and Training School at Assin Fosu in the Central Region, he said the government is aware of the invaluable contribution of the GIS in national development and maintenance of peace and security in the country and pledged the government’s commitment to resource the Service in order for them to deliver on their mandate efficiently.
Addressing the graduands, Hon. Ricketts Hagan mentioned that recent happening worldwide places immigration control as a critical conduit in security and intelligence gathering and the GIS needs officers with a high sense of commitment, integrity and professionalism. ‘’You should count yourselves privileged to be commissioned at this time to join a team of leaders who are poised to take the GIS a step further towards its quest to deliver excellence in migration management for national development’’ he added.
He congratulated the graduating officers for successful completion of the six months training programme and advised them to rise above mediocrity and discharge their duties with distinction and serve diligently in any capacity they find themselves.
The graduands were taken through Courses in Refugees Asylum and Regional Integration, Terrorism, Professional Ethics, Border Management, Immigration Laws and Practice, Client Relations, Basic Intelligence, Document Fraud Detection, ECOWAS Protocol among others.
Awards were presented to Cadet Officers who distinguished themselves during the training programme with Cadet Officer Fatherland Kyei emerging as the overall best Cadet.
In another development, an ICT Laboratory worth $130,511 and funded by the European Union under the Ghana Integration Migration Management Approach (GIMMA) Project was commissioned at the Training School by the Minister on behalf of the President after the parade.
The ICT Laboratory has a capacity of 70 computers for trainees, one computer for instructors with a set of projector for Lecturers, a complete server system as well as internet facility.
The ICT laboratory is to afford Recruits the opportunity to receive IT training in a practical manner to equip them with the requisite skills to meet various demands towards best migration management.