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11.01.2006 General News

IGP demands extra vigilance from border security

By GNA

Aflao, Jan 11, GNA - Security agencies at the country's frontiers have been reminded of the extra vigilance and coordination they were required to put up to secure national security and stability. Mr Patrick Kwarteng Acheampong, Inspector-General of Police gave the reminder when interacting with personnel of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) at the Ghana-Togo border at Aflao on Tuesday, as part of his duty tour of police institutions in the Volta Region.

"We have only one country and we have to do our best to maintain law and order to secure its safety.

"Security work everywhere need vigilance but those of you at the border require extra ability and capability, coordination and cooperation, as determined by your environment to keep the country intact," he said.

The IGP said there were elements in the society, who were against the smooth social order in the country and that must be held in check. He said it required that those of you at the borders kept security tight 24 hours on end.

The IGP said the Police Administration would do well to provide logistics, including transport and communications in addition to tackling other welfare problems of personnel. Mr Felix Sarpong, Comptroller of Immigration, Second In Command at the Aflao Frontier, noted that the porous nature of the border allowed for illegal entries at anytime without notice, as happened in the case of some Sudanese refugees recently.

He said plans by the National Security Council to fence part of the frontier could minimize such entries around the vicinity of the main frontier. Mr Sarpong called for a decision on the operation of motorcycle taxis, which was an emerging practice around the Aflao area by Togolese riders.

He said the riders used unapproved routes and could carry in and out of Ghana at will, people of questionable characters, exposing the country to security risks.

The IGP, who also visited the Diamond Cement Ghana Limited ((DCGL) at Aflao, expressed gratitude of the Police Administration to the company for donating 1,000 bags of cement for rehabilitation works of some police stations in the area. 11 Jan 06

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