GHANA TO STRENGTHEN SECURITY AT BORDER ENTRY POINTS

ACCRA, Plans have been developed to enhance security at entry points along Ghana’s borders, says Deputy Interior Minister Henry Quartey.

This is in line with the government’s decision to allow for round-the-clock opening of the borders, a major step towards realising the goal of free movement of people, goods, and services under the Economic and Trade Liberalization Scheme of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Quartey disclosed this to journalists in Ho, the capital of Volta Region (province) over the weekend during a visit to some entry points on the border between Ghana and the Republic of Togo. Accompanied by Maxwell Blagogee, the Deputy Volta Region Minister, he toured the Adanu-Noepe Joint Border Post at Dzodze in the Ketu North District, and the Kpeglo and Aflao Borders in the Ketu South Municipality.

Quartey said the Interior Ministry was working on finding solution to challenges faced by Customs and Immigration officers as a result of people using unapproved routes to cross between the two countries.

He said the navy and other security agencies were being engaged to offer help in managing complex security issues at the borders and urged officers there to continue discharging their duties professionally.

Quartey commended the Regional Co-ordinating Council and the district assemblies for their efforts at handling border issues in their various jurisdictions.

Government has yet to declare a 24-hour opening of all entry points in the country but has since Aug 4, this year, opened the Aflao and other major borders after Togo opened their frontier.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK