Major reshuffling hits Ghana’s Immigration Service with 59 top officers reassigned

Major reshuffling hits Ghana’s Immigration Service with 59 top officers reassigned

A reshuffling exercise has been conducted for top personnel in the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).

The reshuffling exercise according to the GIS was necessitated to reinforce its capacity to secure the directive on closure at Ghana’s borders against illegal entry and also prevent the importation of coronavirus into the country.

The reshuffling which takes immediate effect has seen the rotation of top-six Immigration Officers and 53 other Senior Officers at the National Headquarters (NHQ), Regional and Sector Commands.

The breakdown of the reshuffling exercise

The Head of Management Information Systems Department (MISD), DCOI Eric Afari, has now been moved to head Bono Region as the new Regional Commander.

The Bono Regional Commander, ACI Charles Bediako has been moved to the Ashanti Region as the Regional Commander.

The Ashanti Regional Commander, ACI Michael Kwadade has now been moved to the Operations Department at the National Headquarters of the GIS while the Regional Commander of Upper West, ACI Peter Yao Nkrumah faces a reassignment to North East Region as the Regional Commander.

Also, the Head of Human Resource Department, ACI Kojo Oppong Yeboah will now be heading the Tema Region as the Regional Commander while the Tema Regional Commander, ACI Adwoa Sika Anim takes over as the Head of Human Resource Department.

“With the exception of Chief Superintendent of Immigration (CSI) William Andoh who hitherto was the Regional Commander for the North East and now the Upper West Regional Commander, the remaining nine Chief Superintendents of Immigration were reassigned as Second-In-Command to some of the Regional Commands, Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of some Sector Commands and other entry points,” a statement from GIS read.

Meanwhile, 22 Superintendents of Immigration (SI) have been transferred to serve at the Districts Commands and minor entry points. Also, seven officers at the permits and processing sections at the National Headquarters have been reassigned to the Operations Departments at NHQ.

The ranks of other senior officers reshuffled include seven Deputy Superintendents of Immigration (DSI) and seven Assistant Superintendents of Immigration (ASI).

The reshuffle is the second major one since 2018. The exercise, which is routine within the service seeks to strengthen operations and the GIS, enforcing laws relating to the immigration and employment of non-Ghanaians in the country.

The service of Ghana’s Immigration has become a matter of interest to many following the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana, as most people have resorted to entering the country illegally although borders remain closed.

In previous weeks, the Ghana Immigration Service has been in the news over several arrests of illegal migrants seeking entry to Ghana through unapproved routes amidst the closure of the country’s borders.