BY MUNTALLA INUSAH
THE GHANA Immigration Service (GIS) has launched a strategic plan aimed largely at addressing development challenges for the next five years, which is estimated at GHȼ473 million.
The strategic plan is expected to address issues of Human Resources, laws and policies that would change current non-functional laws, information communications technology, provisions of equipment and infrastructure, stakeholder corporation and funding and financing.
Mr Eric Afari, the Deputy Commissioner of GIS, while addressing a gathering, said the strategic plan was also geared towards addressing the gaps in the first one launched in 2011 and that 80% of the current plan would be focused on infrastructure development.
Protection of Ghana’s frontiers
The Minister of Interior, Mr Anbrose Dery, in a speech delivered on his behalf by his deputy, Mr Henry Quartey, said the government, through the Ministry, would make sure that the government would deliver all that was required to enable the GIS to achieve all the targets in the strategic plan.
He said the strategic plan was reassuring and “it has been developed to resonant with the National Migration Policy and other relevant national and international migration policies to ensure that the service is not working in isolation but in tandem or compliance with best practices.”
According to the minister, the GIS, as the first line of defence to the country, has over the period not relented in its efforts in ensuring safe and orderly migration for our national development though with inadequate resources.
“I know and certainly appreciate the personal sacrifices that you and your families have made to protect Ghana’s frontiers and for that we remain extremely grateful. We will therefore ensure, as a government, that the Service gets its fair share of the national cake in terms of resources to make you more effective and efficient as the guardians of the Nation’s borders.
He stated that the strategic plan presented a change and modernisation agenda for the GIS in all its functional areas and this definitely calls for attitudinal and cultural change and a persistent focus on delivering priorities from the rank and file of the Service to ensure success in the implementation of the plan.
“Even though GIS is a distinct organisation, it delivers its goals in partnership with others. Therefore, the presence of all of us at this launch is an indication of how we will all need to work together in an integrated and effective manner, in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the Service.
“The development of the plan was made possible with the financial assistance of the EU and ECOWAS and facilitated by International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), which we gratefully acknowledge.”
Chief of Staff
Madam Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, the Chief of Staff at the Presidency, who was the chairperson of the launch, while commending the GIS, the EU and Economic Community of West African States and International Centre for Migration Policy Development for helping to bring into existence the plan, said the strategic plan set the priorities right.
According to her, the plan would strengthen institutional capacity of the GIS for migration services to build synergy for travelling stakeholders and called on all to support and play their respective roles to ensure the success of the plan.
She explained that she was happy with the financial projections that had been made and that it was worth supporting and expressed the hope the performance GIS would be improved for the plan to succeed.