A massive shake-up in the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has seen the rotation of six top officers and holders of 53 other senior-level positions.
The reshuffle, which took immediate effect, formed part of measures to reinforce GIS’s capacity to secure the borders against illegal entry and prevent the importation of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) into the country.
A statement signed by the Head of Public Affairs of the GIS, Supt. Michael Amoako-Atta, said the shake-up had affected officers at the national headquarters, regional and sector Commands.
The GIS explained that the shake-up was not as a result of lapses in the setup but they were to reinforce gains they had made in intercepting illegal migrants and goods since the lock-down.
“This is a strategic realignment of key sectors. There are experienced border personnel and almost all of them have been reassigned to border commands to firm up the managerial competencies for managing the borders,”
Supt. Amoako-Atta told the Daily Graphic.
The changes saw the Head of Management Information Systems Department (MISD), Deputy Commissioner of Immigration (DCOI) Eric Afari, move to head Bono Region as the Regional Commander.
The statement added that the Ashanti Regional Commander, Assistant Commission of Immigration (ACI) Michael Kwadade had been moved to the Operations Department at the national headquarters while, the Regional Commander of Upper West, ACI Peter Yao Nkrumah had been reassigned to the North East Region as the Regional Commander.
Additionally, it said the Head of Human Resource Department, ACI) Kojo Oppong Yeboah, had been moved to head the Tema Region as the Regional Commander, with the Tema Regional Commander, ACI Adwoa Sika Anim, taking over as the Head of Human Resource Department.
The Bono Regional Commander, ACI Charles Bediako completed the list of big names affected in the reshuffle after he was moved to the Ashanti Region as the Regional Commander.
The statement added that with the exception of CSI William Andoh who hitherto was the Regional Commander for the North East and now the Upper West Regional Commander, all nine other officers in the rank of CSI have either been reassigned as Second-In-Command to some of the Regional Commands or Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of some Sector Commands and other entry points.
It said 22 officers in the rank of Superintendent of Immigration (SI) have also been transferred to serve at the Districts Commands, minor entry points as well as permits and processing sections at national headquarters.
The statement said seven of the Sis were reassigned to the Operations Departments at the national headquarters.
It added that other senior officers reshuffled included seven Deputy Superintendents of Immigration (DSI) and seven Assistant Superintendents of Immigration (ASI).