As part of Government’s efforts to enhance border security, the Deputy Minister for the Interior, Hon. Naana Eyiah has officially unveiled the newly renovated Namoo border post in the Upper East Region to streamline processes for legitimate travellers and cargo, reducing wait times and fostering economic activity.

This development is seen as a significant step forward in Ghana’s efforts to strengthen its border security and governance and is expected to have a positive impact on the country’s economy and national security interests.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hon. Naana Eyiah emphasised the importance of strong borders in maintaining national security and preventing transnational crime and irregular migration.

She expressed Government’s continuous commitment to investing in infrastructure, technology, and personnel to achieve its goal of creating a secured and efficient border environment that promotes regional integration and economic development.

In a speech read on behalf of the International Organisation for Migration Chief of Mission to Ghana, Ms Fatou Diallo Ndiaye assured of IOM’s continuous support to the Ghana Immigration Service to ensure that the borders are well equipped and secured.

Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi, Comptroller General of Immigration expressed appreciation for the support and urged officers at the border to continue to ensure the safety of the nation.

The newly renovated border post, equipped with modern facilities and technology, including the Migration Information and Data Analysis System, will empower the Ghana Immigration Service Officers to effectively discharge their duties and safeguard the country’s territorial integrity. The supply of border patrol equipment, such as motorbikes, night vision goggles, and solar lamps, will also enhance the mobility and effectiveness of border patrol officers, allowing them to cover greater distances and respond to situations swiftly.

The project, funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the Government of the United States of America, is part of a broader initiative to strengthen the northern borders of Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Togo. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provided expertise and support to enhance border security and governance.