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Comptroller-General of Immigration , Kwame Asuah Takyi & Commissioner of Customs Division of the GRA, Isaac Crentsil inspecting the quarter guard

As directed by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Agency (GRA) would by September this year, remove all internal barriers of Customs Checkpoints across the country as part of measures to bring more revenue into the country and intensify the facilitation of free flow of trade and goods.

The move is to remove all seemingly standing blocks that delay or prevent smooth trading facilitation along the ECOWAS transit routes and make Ghana´s port more desirable and competitive in the sub-region.

In place of this, the division would increase intelligence led risk based patrolling along the highways and borders to ensure that traders are free from armed robbers and other dangerous elements in society that impede upon facilitators of trading activities.

who live amongst them in the society to be arrested and prosecuted so that the security agencies would continuously ´defeat´ all tactics being used by traffickers. He said, reports of how young girls are being treated in the Gulf Regions when they are lured into travelling there is becoming more unpleasant and uphauling, hence the security agencies are gingered even more to put an end to this seeming reoccurrence of girls being trafficked.

This statement comes at a time that the GIS in an intelligence led operation in the past month intercepted 150 young Ghanaian ladies bound for Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Gulf Region. Suspected traffickers who were with these girls were also apprehended and are currently being investigated pending prosecution at the law court.

The suspected traffickers were using the Eastern corridor mostly around Aflao, Kpeve, Menuso, to transfer their victims through to Togo, Benin and Nigeria, when they were fortunately arrested by immigration officers. These arrests follows a directive by Government to ban all travels to the gulf regions through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), hence, traffickers were creating different routes to transport their innocent victims through various transit destinations to the Gulf Regions. The Comptroller-General

made these statements when he addressed the press during a working visit of the Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Agency (GRA), Mr. Isaac Crentsil. During discussions, the two institutions agreed to collaborate and step up operations at the borders and deepen their joint border patrolling at the approved and unapproved routes in the country to clamp down on smugglers, traffickers, illicit flow of funds by money launderers, human trafficking and other cross border crimes.

He said in the interest of national security and taking into retrospect the porous nature of our borders, they were ready to put resources together at the various borders and leave no stone unturned in their fight against cross border crimes collectively.


Gifty Amgborme

Snr. Insp.

Public Affairs

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