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SOME IMMIGRATION OFFICERS IN BONO-AHAFO REGION PATROL ON FOOT

he Bono-Ahafo Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Services, (GIS) Faisal Disu, has indicated that, in 2014, the Passport Application Centre in Sunyani received and processed 16 thousand 855 passports which have since been given out to applicants. Commander Disu again noted that the revenue accruing from residence and employment of foreign nationals increased by 51 per cent in the year 2014 and appealed to foreigners living and working in the region to initiate moves to regularize their stay in the country, so that they may continue to reside in the country legally. Commander Disu was speaking at the Bono-Ahafo Regional Immigration Service Command’s end of year get together popularly known as WASSA in Sunyani. In his speech Commander Disu revealed that the total staff strength of the command stood at 325 as compared to 334 in 2013, comprising 28 senior officers and 297 other ranks as well as four auxiliary staff, made up of 229 males and 96 females. He attributed the drop in number to transfers and postings. He said over 60 per cent of the personnel are directly engaged in managing the borders and patrolling the frontier areas. Commander Disu said transportation remains a challenge as there are only four serviceable vehicles in the region, of which two are based in Sunyani. Commander Disu noted that the other stations presently have no functioning vehicles, stressing that the Border Patrol Units that have no vehicle and therefore have to do their patrol work on foot. He said this is very dangerous situation as they often encounter smugglers who are better armed. He commended the Officers for their dedication to duty at the borders in spite of the challenges. Commander Disu further mentioned office and residential accommodation as other challenges facing the command. The Bono-Ahafo Regional, Minister Eric Opoku, assured the GIS of government’s support in respect of the accommodation, equipment and logistics and charged the Officers to live above reproach in order to continue to enjoy the confidence reposed in them by the government and the general public. Mr. Opoku further commended them for collaborating with other security service to the region one of the most peaceful in the country. He noted that Bono-Ahafo region have a territorial size of almost 40,000 square kilometers, saying, it’s the second largest region in the country after Northern region. The Regional Minister mentioned Nkrankwanta, Gonokrom, Kofibadukrom, Atuna and Sampa as well as Kwameseikrom as some of the approved entry points in the region. He equally noted that there are unapproved entry points which pose a big challenge to the service in terms of managing and maintaining security along the frontiers.    
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/developghana.com 
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