Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, Mar 20, GNA – The
Ghana Immigration Service in 2018, arrested a total of 544 foreign nationals
out of which 123 were residing and working in the country without permit as
against 312 arrested in 2017.
This represents 60.58
per cent reduction against the number arrested in 2017.
This came to light
when the Immigration Service conducted 1,753 inspections at various companies,
997 inspections at various hotels, 15 inspections at Residential premises and
126 inspections at educational institutions among others.
Mr Ambrose Dery, the
Minister for the Interior revealed this on Wednesday at the 2018 Annual Review
Meeting of the Ministry in Accra.
“The reduction of
arrests made within the period he said could be attributed to the intensified
public education on compliance of GIS laws carried out by Service in the
He said it was prudent
for all departments, agencies under the Ministry to take stock of their
performance as a Sector during the period under review.
He said the review
would enable them to know their strengths and weaknesses and capitalise on
their strengths to steer the Ministry forward.
He noted that the
Ghana Prison Service was providing both formal and informal training to the
inmates to enable the prisoners acquire skills that would help them earn decent
income upon their discharge from prisons to reduce recidivism.
He said the reduction
in recidivism (re-offending) was 4.5 per cent as against the 4.0 per cent
recorded in 2017.
monitor the country and ensure peace and security, the Ghana Police Service has
installed CCTV cameras in some critical areas in Accra and in 20 Police
Stations across the country,” he stated.
Mr Dery said the
Service has further intensified the mobile patrols in the communities following
receipt of 30 Double cabin-pickups and 65 motorbikes from the Government to
combat motorbikes menace in the country.
He said five Police
stations had also been automated; “they have migrated from analogue to
These were Nima, East
Legon, Airport, Ministries and Nungua Police Stations.
In 2018, the National
Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCSALW) collected 2,892 illicit
weapons for destruction; stating that this would, to some extent, control crime
and conflicts in the country.
The Narcotics Control
Board the Minister said recorded 16 cases of drug trafficking and abuse,
arrested 25 persons who were processed for court with two convictions with the
remaining pending trial.
Mr Dery said the Ghana
Refugee Board was also able to register 281 individual asylum seekers from
He said the Board had
conducted 48 interviews to determine refugee status and 162 cases made up of
285 individuals were adjudicated.
He noted that the
Gaming Commission of Ghana in collaboration with the Customs Division of Ghana
Revenue Authority seized and destroyed 106 gaming machines at the Tema Port.
He said together with
the Ghana Police Service, the Commission had seized a total of 121 illegal slot
machines from the Western and Central Region and closed down three casinos
illegally operating at Wassa Akropong.
“Ghana can only
continue to enjoy accelerated socio-economic development and attract local and
foreign investors, when premium is placed on the protection of human life and
property, peace and security.
“It is therefore
important to assure the citizenry and investors of the peace, security and
safety of their valuable investment from the ravages of fires, floods and other
He urged all agencies
and departments under his ministry to be vigilant, share relevant information
amongst them and also collaborate effectively with each other to deliver their
respective mandates as well as the Sector’s mandate.
“We ought to
build on our past achievements, which means, we must together work harder this
year to attain greater heights,” he said.
Anno-Kumi, Chief Director for the Ministry of the Interior said the review
meeting would provide them with the opportunity to discuss the challenges
encountered during the year under review and how best to overcome the
challenges that might come their way during the execution of their plans for
the year 2019.
In attendance was Mr
David Asante-Apeatu, the Inspector General of Police.
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