Participants in a group photograph

AS PART of activities to equip officers of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to effectively deal with documentation fraud, human trafficking and other irregular migration in the country, the service recently embarked on a three week course to train its officers.

The course which ended in the Netherlands, trained about eleven officers in areas such as document authentication, money laundering and terrorism.

Participants include Kwabena Somuah Amponsah, Ibrahim Issaka Lang Hani, Thomas Ewuntomah, Felix Agyeman Bosompem, Vera Arizie, Michael Adjei-Gyimah and Frank Ofori Apronti and Agnes Ahetor INSP.

Salormey Braimah of the Births and Deaths Registry, Sylvester Quansah Asare of the Document, Visa Fraud Unit and Manuel Minnarr, Airline and Immigration Liaison Officer at the Netherlands Embassy were also part of the training.

At a brief ceremony to receive their certificates in Accra Mr. Minnarr who led the delegation to the Netherlands, said a year ago, 27 out of 30 officers had their DOC 1 certificates after intensive training.

Out of this number he said, GIS management selected the 10 best officers based on the results of their examination. “All these 10 officers had intensive training and excelled in the Netherlands and received high quality training,” he noted.

William K Aboah, Minister of Interior in a speech commended the officers and urged them to discharge their duties professionally.

He underscored the need to build the necessary human resource base for the country’s development.

Problems associated with migration, he noted have become widespread and complex over the years. It therefore requires that efforts that are made in addressing them.

“There are uncountable cases where people of other nationalities have been found holding source and travel documents of Ghanaian origin. Although the documents were found to be genuine upon examination, they were being held by wrong persons,” he said.

Problems of document and identity fraud continue to be a thorn in the flesh of the ministry as they were used to perpetrate all manner of crimes against peaceful and law abiding members of the general public,” he stated.

He consequently advised the officers to give their utmost support towards dealing with this crisis.

COP Dr Peter A Wiredu, Acting Director of GIS commended the officers for undergoing the training successfully.

By Portia Anaman

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