A 15-member Parliamentary Select Committee on Defense and Interior has paid a working visit to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) at its National Headquarters in Accra. The visit was to afford the committee an opportunity to obtain firsthand information on the activities of the GIS and dialogue on issues of border security and migration management.
In his welcome address, the Comptroller-General of Immigration (CGI), Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi noted that as part of measures to guarantee effective migration management in the country, there was the need to speed up the mandate given to GIS to issue visas at Ghana’s missions abroad. He said, the GIS has the expertise as well as the locus to ensure that travel permits granted to migrants and expatriates would be of no socio-economic and security threats to the nation.
“This has been the best practices among other Africa nations and the world at large and it is one of the surest ways of preventing illegitimate migrants from entering the country,” he said. “Current global trends on security tells us that the crucial role of immigration to national security cannot be overemphasized” he added.
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