The third and final phase of an international project to train immigration officers from Liberia has began at the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) Academy and Training School at Assin Fosu in the Central Region.
The project being undertaken jointly by the Governments of Netherlands and Ghana is to assist the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalisation of Liberia to manage the country’s migration challenges.
It is being attended by 20 participants who would be trained in planning, designing and delivery skills to identify and develop subject specialist and create a network between immigration institutions of the three partner countries.
Mr Eric Afari, Assistant Director of Immigration of GIS, addressing the opening session, advised the participants to work hard and be disciplined to enable them to acquire knowledge and skills in immigration management.
He said it was imperative for the Liberian Immigration to assert itself as a national security agency with the capacity to brace the challenges of modern immigration in the West Africa sub-region.
Mr Afari said “We are therefore duty-bound and determined to transfer skills, knowledge and best practices to you and build the requisite confidence and empowerment that would enable you to defy the odds in Liberia to establish a sustainable and credible training system that would be an instrument for human resource development of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalisation”.
He said it was an opportunity for Ghana to assist a sister country to implement such an international project, which would allow another country to restructure and overhaul its operational capabilities.
Mr Afari commended the governments of Ghana and the Netherlands and the United Nations Mission in Liberia for supporting the programme.