Patience Gbeze, GNA
Accra, June 13, GNA - The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has launched a five-year Strategic Plan (2018- 2022) to position the Service to deliver effectively on its mandate in migration management in the country.
The development of the Plan had financial assistance from the EU and ECOWAS and facilitated by International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).
The Plan operates around six thematic areas including; human resource development; strengthening laws and policies for effective migration management; enhancing both internal and external stakeholder engagements.
Other areas are making ICT services compliant in all its work processes by developing ICT Infrastructure and acquiring information security management certifications (ISO 9001 & ISO 27001); providing state-state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure, including staff accommodation, training centres and new Headquarters to enhance the services of the GIS.
Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi, Comptroller-General of GIS, said the plan identified key challenges from the implementation of the previous plan (2011-2015), conducted a SWOT analysis of the Service, factors in emerging issues and the changing dynamics within the GIS work environment.
“It also proposes interventions that will position the GIS to deliver effectively on its mandate in migration management,” he said, adding that the plan is aligned to the National Migration Policy for Ghana and the Medium-Term National Development Policy Framework (MTNDPF) – An Agenda for Jobs; creating prosperity and equal opportunity for all (2018-2021).
The Strategic Plan, he said, was estimated to cost the Service 473.5 million of which equipment and infrastructure accounted for about 83 per cent of the total cost.
Mr Takyi said the success of the Plan would depend largely on the timely availability of funds to implement it and called on all stakeholders to come on board to ensure its successful implementation.
He expressed his gratitude to the partners for their support and the planning committee, GIS Council and Management for their dedication.
In a speech read on his behalf by Mr Henry Quartey, Deputy Minister of the Interior, Mr Ambrose Dery, Minister of the Interior said: “Historically, Ghana has played host to many non-nationals mainly from other African countries to facilitate their development efforts during the early post-colonial era”.
He said: “The trend continued as Ghana, in addition to the promotion of pan-Africanism, enjoyed relative economic prosperity soon after independence. Over the years, immigrants into this country, particularly those from the West African sub-region, easily merge with the nationals and join the internal mobility of workers.
“The nation cannot therefore sit aloof with no proactive measures instituted to ensure orderly and safe migration that will be of benefit to the country of origin and the country of destination,” he added.
Mr Dery said the GIS, as the first line of defence to the country, had over the period not relented on its efforts in ensuring safe and orderly migration for 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.
“I can attest to the fact that this is a Plan of wide stakeholder consultation with meaningful inputs from all stakeholders, thereby ensuring the buy-in of all for effective coordination and implementation of all the activities outlined in the Plan. I know there is no limit to what an organisation can achieve, where there is unity of purpose,” he added.
He said a Strategic Plan presented a change and modernisation agenda for an organisation in all its functional areas and that called 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,” he said.
Ms Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff at the office of the presidency, commended GIS for coming out with the strategic plan and urged the Ministry of the Interior to release funds timely to ensure effective implementation of the Plan.
Representatives from the EU, ECOWAS and ICMPD pledged their continuous support for the successful implementation of the Plan.