Ben Beckley, CEPS Commande, Aflao Sector and Dep Img Com (Aflao Sector), Julius Gborglah

Ben Beckley, CEPS Commande, Aflao Sector and Dep Img Com (Aflao Sector), Julius Gborglah

Personnel of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) at the Aflao Sector of the Ghana-Togo border in the Ketu-South Municipality of the Volta Region have complained bitterly about human resource deficits.

The heads of the two agencies complained of the lack of vehicles and other logistics, which is negatively affecting their operations.

This would be the second time this year that the two agencies have raised such concerns.

The first was when the Deputy Volta Regional Minister, Francis Ganyaglo paid a surprise visit to the Ghana-Togo Border at Aflao to familiarize himself with their operations.

He was taken round the various departments and units and at the border post by the deputy commander of immigration at the Aflao sector, Julius Gborglah and a senior official of GRA and the Ketu-South Police Commander, Chief Inspector Emmanuel Odonkor.

The Deputy Commander of Immigration at the Aflao sector, Julius Gborglah told the deputy minister that ?our activities are sometimes hampered by these shortages.?

The Commander of the Aflao Sector, Ben Beckley also noted that the limited resources were making it difficult to effectively patrol in the night.

The two however noted that despite the challenges being faced by the personnels, they were giving off their best to ensure adequate security, a safe and efficient border post at the entry and exit points.

They also noted that their collaboration with National Security, the Police and other agencies was helping to properly manage the border and generate the needed revenue for the country. 

They also appealed to government to come to their aid, particularly in the provision of patrol vehicles and security cameras all over the area.

The Aflao border is the main and official crossing border between Ghana and Togo to the east.

It is also the only officially recognized customs entry point between the two countries. There are other border posts under the Aflao sector such as Beat Nine, Batume, Sege, Dzodze-Akanu among others.

Apart from these legitimate exit and entry points being commandeered by the two agencies, they also monitor other remote entry points, mostly considered illegal and difficult to cross.

Key among the many challenges being experienced at the border post include increase in movement of people along the border and the absence of security cameras to effectively enhance their works, they disclosed to DAILY GUIDE.

Mr Ganyaglo finally assured the entire management of GRA of  government?s support to deal with the challenges that are being confronted with in the course of their duties.

 From Fred Duodu, Aflao

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