Officers at the NEIB conference
The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has announced the establishment of the National Enforcement and Intelligence Bureau (NEIB) to reinforce the service’s intelligence and enforcement units.
The mandate of the Bureau is to establish breaches of the immigration laws, investigates cases of migrant smuggling, human trafficking, travel and other document fraud and generates intelligence to support immigration and national security operations.
Dr Peter Wiredu, Director of GIS, who was speaking at the opening of the maiden conference of the NEIB, said, ‘It is imperative, especially considering resource constraints, to embark on intelligence-led operations which will enable us direct our limited resources to where it is needed most.’
He said the amalgamation of the intelligence and enforcement units to form the new Bureau under a single leadership was one of the strategies to ensure that its activities were well-coordinated and strategically aligned to support intelligence-led operations.
Dr Wiredu said the new Bureau would comprise enforcement unit, intelligence unit, anti-human smuggling and trafficking in persons unit (AHSTIP) and document fraud expertise centre (DFEC) headed by an Assistant Director of the Service.
He said the DFEC was a strategic intelligence organ that would support the intelligence section with generation and dissemination of reports on document fraud trends and coordinates its activities closely with AHSTIP.
Dr Wiredu stressed that the establishment of the new Bureau would lead the drive towards redeeming the corporate image of the Service by making the operations effective and visible and exhibit high standards of professionalism.
He said companies and organisations that would refuse to comply with lawful requests by enforcement officers and other obligations under the Immigration Act would be committing an offence and such acts made them liable to prosecution.
Mr Laud Ofori Affrifah, head of NEIB, said, ‘With the establishment of the Enforcement and Intelligence Bureau, the GIS has followed the global trend.’
He assured that officers of the Bureau would deliver on their mandate by putting in place a robust enforcement regime based on high professional standards.
Mr Afrifah however asked for logistics in the form of computers and other office equipment and communication gadgets to ensure effective delivery.
He also emphasized on the need to train more officers in various aspects of investigation and intelligence methods.
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