The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has pass-out 40 Liberia Immigration Officers at the Ghana Immigration Academy and Training School at Assin Fosu in the Central Region.

Mr Kobby Acheampong, Deputy Interior Minister, who was the Reviewing Officer for the ceremony, said a tripartite contract was signed in June 18, 2009 by the GIS, the Immigration and Naturalisation
Department (IND) and the Repatriation and Departure Service (RDS) of the Netherlands and the Liberia Bureau of Immigration and Naturalisation (LBIN) to help Liberia to reform and restructure its
immigration system.

Mr Acheampong said the contract was to build the capacity of 140 Liberia Immigration Officers towards restructuring, reengineering and strengthening of the institutional capacity of LBIN to make it more effective and efficient in managing migration challenges. He said the ceremony was the final phase of the training programme which was the pilot training project. At the end of the twoyear partnership project, he added, the 140 Liberia Immigration Officers would have been trained.

Mr Acheampong noted that the role played by the GIS under the partnership had reaffirmed government commitment towards inter-state and sub-regional cooperation, which was of prime importance to the development of the sub-region.

He stressed that the West Africa region required stability and security to unleash its massive human potential and creativity, adding that ECOWAS states had to marshal their resources to ensure a
well-coordinated regional security and to promote free movement and travel of citizens within the sub-region.

Source: GNA