The Ghana Revenue Authority, Custom Division has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to ensure safety of the Nation’s borders.
The MoU is to enhance effective monitoring of the country’s borders by the two institutions.
In his address, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Nti, the Commissioner General of GRA disclosed that personnel of the two services often have conflicts while operating at the borders just for their selfish interest
He pointed out that both services work hand in hand in ensuring the safety of the country’s borders, hence the need for the MoU.
“It is my firm belief that the conflict usually arise because of personal interest and not the common interest of the state,” he said.
According to him, when such situations arise it affects the effective operations of the respective agencies and raises unnecessary tension, therefore it is prudent for both agencies to accept the MoU to stop those tensions and conflicts.
He added that the signing of the MoU will be the beginning of collaboration between the GRA and the GIS to properly co-ordinate border operations in the interest of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Finance, Mr. Jones Abban said, the MoU will bring a closure to the conflict of interest between personnel of the GIS and the Customs Services.
“The MoU is an innovative idea for improved harmonious operations at our borders,” he said
According to him, improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness in operations at the borders will greatly facilitate the free movement of goods, services, and persons across Ghana’s borders, which will then lead to cross-border trade, thus increase in revenue mobilization collection
“The efficiency and effectiveness of our border controls and information sharing between the Customs Service and the GIS will enhance National security and check cross-border crimes and movement of terrorists,” he added.
He was optimistic that the signing of the MoU will strengthen the ability of the two organizations to effectively monitor and share information.
“It is my great expectation that today’s function will bring about a closure to the tension and conflict between personnel of the two organizations at the borders, which has often been a concern to National security,” he added.
Mr. Isaac Crentsil, Commissioner, Customs Division said the MoU, which is a joint border management would help ease tension between the two institutions.
The Minister of Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery whose statement was read on his behalf assured that government would assist the two institutions to tackle all security issues at all the country’s borders.
He charged them to ensure that there is safety across the length and breath of the borders.
By William Sarpong