The Management Committee and Regional Commanders of the Ghana Immigration Service have been sensitised on the National Security Strategy launched by H.E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akofo-Addo in June this year.

  The sensitization, which was held at the Ghana Immigration Service Headquarters in Accra, was part of measures to coordinate a national response effort to protect and safeguard Ghana from threats, risks, and challenges to its security and stability from both domestic and international environments.

Addressing participants, the Deputy Minister for the Interior, Hon. Naana Eyiah said the sensitization was in the right direction as it will help achieve the objective of the National Security Strategy.

The Hon. Deputy Minister added that the Strategy will support officers in the effective management of the country’s borders by keeping them safe from criminals and rebel intrusions. 

She urged the Ghana Immigration Service to ensure effective border management that will enhance the country’s security and boost travel and trade for development. 

Hon. Naana Eyiah also urged the Ministry of National Security to organize workshops for all Ministers, Regional Security Councils, leadership and members of Parliament, members of the Judiciary, religious leaders, the National House of Chiefs, Civil Society Organizations, Youth Groups, and various educational institution to enhance their understanding of their roles in the implementation of the strategy.

The National Security Minister, Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, disclosed that as part of Government efforts, about 2.5 Billion Dollars will be injected into the security agencies and intelligence agencies for the next two years through a retooling programme.

He explained that the processes for the development of the National Security Strategy document started in 2017, with inputs from Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies, Civil Society Organisations and security experts.

In his welcome address, the Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service, Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, said the goal of the National Security Strategy document is to enable Agencies within the National Security architecture to effectively deal with existing and emerging security threats.

He said the fusion centre where information from all agencies was collated, analysed and shared amongst the agencies had helped to intercept thousands of contrabands and the arrest of illegal immigrants.