The Minister of Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery has facilitated the commissioning of An Immigration office in Nandom few weeks ago.
The commissioning took place on the 28th April 2022 and was funded by German Federal Foreign Office.
Statement Issued by the Interior Minister
REMARKS DELIVERED BY THE MINISTER FOR THE INTERIOR MR. AMBROSE DERY (MP) ON THE COMMISSIONING OF THE RENOVATED HAMILE BORDER POST, ON THURSDAY 28TH APRIL, 2022 AT THE HAMILE BORDER POST
THE CHIEF OF MISSION, IOM GHANA: MRS. ABIBATOU WANE-FALL;
YOUR EXCELLENCY THE GERMAN AMBASSADOR;
THE COMPTROLLER-GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION;
GIS, MANAGEMENT MEMBERS HERE PRESENT;
THE UPPER WEST REGIONAL COMMANDER, GHANA IMMIGRATION SERVICE;
THE PROGRAMME MANAGER, IOM GHANA;
REPRESENTATIVES FROM SISTER SECURITY SERVICES AND OTHER AGENCIES;
OFFICERS AND MEN;
FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA;
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;
ALL PROTOCOLS OBSERVED.
Good Afternoon to you all!
It is a pleasure to join you this afternoon at this handing over ceremony, on behalf of the Government of Ghana and also as the Minister of the Interior responsible for the beneficiary agency – the Ghana Immigration Service.
I welcome you to my region and would like to greet you in my mother tongue – Dagaari language: “fu waa yaani” and to which you respond “barka”. Upper West can boast of having one of the most beautiful resort areas that has attracted the rich and famous from across globe.
Distinguished guests, I have been informed that this is just one of several projects that the International Organization for Migration, with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, has undertaken in a concerted effort under the “Strengthening Border Security and Border Community Resilience in the Gulf of Guinea” project to improve regional stability along the northern border regions of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I must commend the German Federal Foreign Office and the International Organization for Migration for their commitment to ensure that such well needed infrastructural improvements were carried out. The mission of the Government, in this respect is to encourage development that will improve the quality of life of the people in the context of regular Migration.
Accordingly, this project, would contribute significantly to the fulfillment of this mission. No government works in isolation. It takes partnerships and support from other governments and institutions to achieve greater heights in development.
We fully appreciate that we cannot effectively manage migration unless the national and institutional capacities and infrastructure are strengthened and that is why the International Organization for Migration is committed to ensuring that the Ghana Immigration Service, and in particular the Hamile and the Kulungugu border posts, are primary beneficiaries.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am confident that the work carried out on these projects will contribute greatly to the benefit of the Ghana Immigration Service, the community members of the selected border posts, and other border management institutions.
I believe the time has come to increase collaboration to meet the challenges confronting border management agencies, and following similar projects and support to the Governments of Benin, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, we are indeed forging ahead in improving regional border stability in the Gulf of Guinea.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I have no doubt that the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) will provide the State with the capacity to collect, process, analyse and share traveler information as well as support the digitization of migration data to improve traveler facilitation and control.
The installation of this System is timely especially at this time that our Government is championing the Digital Ghana Agenda which seeks to digitize Government services, build a biometric National Identity register, deploy a digital property addressing system, mobile money interoperability and institutionalize paperless port operations among others. The Government is indeed developing a robust framework to support the digitization of the economy in a manner that captures and benefits everyone.
The success of this initiative is proof of the power of collaboration in fostering development, which is why we continue to encourage partnerships of this nature, especially with the International Organizations and the private sector to spur investment in migration management.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, in closing, it is important to note that as a country we are very fortunate to have reliable partners like the International Organization for Migration which is ever willing to support the implementation of the strategic outlook for Immigration and Border Management (IBM) in Ghana.
At the level of government, we are committed to doing everything possible to help the Ghana Immigration Service realize its true potential and make good it’s mandate. We intend to provide the resources required to make it work.
I am very pleased to be here today at this handing over ceremony and I look forward to many more successful initiatives of this nature as we seek to effectively manage migration in this country.
God bless us all.