Some individuals are still trying to outwit authorities, by using illegal routes to enter the country. Despite the closure of Ghana’s borders since March 2020 as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
In the Bono Region alone, about 6,000 persons have been deported according to the Ghana Immigration Service.
In a prime dialogue, the PRO of the Ghana Immigration Service, Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta, advised illegal migrants to place premium on their health and that of the country and recognize themselves as an ally to defeat the virus, and also a key stakeholder in the fight against all forms of irregular migration.
The influx of illegal migrants amid the global pandemic remains a drawback.
The Ghana Immigration Service says it has prevented multiple attempts at illegal entry points following the closure of Ghana’s borders.
While some are immediately arrested by Immigration Officers at the various border posts, others manage to enter the country and stay till they are fished out by internal security officers.
Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta, warned that the GIS will not condone any action by any individual to flout the directive on the closure of the borders.
Border communities that continue to aid immigrants despite the closure have been warned to be mindful of the risk they expose the country to.
The economic crisis induced by COVID‐19 could be long, deep, and pervasive when viewed through a migration lens.
The Ghana Immigration Service says it has the men to secure the borders against illegal entry as part of the national response to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Officers of the Ghana Immigration Service are being applauded for their commitment and dedication to ensuring security at the country’s frontiers.
This is in spite of the numerous challenges they have to contend with in the fight against COVID-19. Superintendent Michael Amoako-Atta rated his men who were on frontline duties 90 per cent for a yeoman’s service, taking into consideration the dual role they play.