Immigration Chief Hosts Gambian Officials

Kwame Asuah Takyi Comptroller-General of Immigration

The Comptroller-General
of Immigration (CGI), Mr. Kwame Asuah Takyi has said that effective integration
and collaboration among security agencies was very crucial for the sustenance
of democratic governance of a country.

According to him, the
sustenance of democratic governance was measured by the ability of security
agencies to protect life and property as well as the maintenance of public
order. He said this was attainable only when security agencies collaborated and
shared intelligence. “If there is instability, it is not the government that
has failed, it is the security agencies that have failed,” he added.

Mr. Takyi made the remark
when a 17 member delegation led by the National Security Advisor from Gambia, Mr.
Momodou Badjie, paid a working visit to the National Headquarters of the Ghana
Immigration Service (GIS) to learn from the GIS in a bid to reform Gambia’s
security sector.

He indicated that
security and democracy were bedfellows, and that, the success of any country
was dependent on its security.

The CGI counseled that
security was an expensive venture which required investment, adding: “financial
issues should not be a reason not to invest in security.”

He commended Gambia for the
effort to strengthen and reform its security sector, especially when the world
was confronted with terrorism and terrorist-related activities.

Mr Momodou Badjie
expressed gratitude to the authorities of the Ghana Immigration Service for
sharing ideas and giving them the necessary guidance.

He praised the Ghanaian
culture of hospitality and hoped the knowledge shared would help improve the
problem of porous borders in their home country.

The delegation was taken
through a presentation on the mandate, functions and operational duties of the
GIS as well as its contribution to national security.

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