24.04.2005 General News

Minister Laments Lack Of Vigilance At The Borders

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The minister for the interior, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, has expressed concern about the inability of the country's security forces to secure the borders.

Referring to recent concerns expressed by Ghanaians over the presence of asylum seekers from Darfur in Sudan, he wondered “why we would have such a number of Sudanese in the country without any security agency raising an alarm”. He said Ghanaians had every right to be concerned about such a situation.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah expressed the concern when he visited the Elubo Border Post and the Jewi Wharf in the Jomoro District of the Western Region to familiarize himself with the operations of the security personnel there and also interact with them and know their constraints.

He also visited Cote d'Ivoire side of the border at Noe where he was briefed on activities there.

He stressed that the security officers had a very important role to play in securing the borders of the country to ward off illegal entrants.

Papa Owusu-Ankomah said the Government believed in promoting trade within the sub-region and that while the security officers were at the borders to facilitate the movement of people and goods, they should not compromise security in the discharge of their duties.

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