wpid-Ghana-Immigration-Service-GIS.jpgMadam Stella Amoatemaa, Nkoranza South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has urged the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) to open an office at Nkoranza to assist the youth in accessing advice for legal migration.

Madam Amoatemaa made the appeal during a courtesy call on her by some officials from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Wednesday at Nkoranza in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The call was to inform Management of the Assembly about a project the Organisation has initiated to control illegal migration in the country.

The IOM Officials were accompanied by two officers of the GIS in Sunyani, Ms Adwoa Boatemaa Agyemang-Wadee and Mr. Haruna Alhassan, both Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI).

Madam Amoatemaa expressed concern about how Nkoranza and its environs had been noted as the transit point for the youth who travel to Libya through the desert, adding it was an open secret that a number of people from Brong-Ahafo Region converged at Nkoranza before embarking on such a ?risky journey?.

She gave the assurance that the Municipal Assembly would provide office accommodation for the staff that would be posted to serve at the Municipality.

Ms Kazumi Nakamura, Project Development Officer of IOM commended the European Union (EU) for offering the necessary support towards the Organisation?s operations and activities and announced that the IOM was working in partnership with Scholars in Transit (SIT), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) at Nkoranza whose principal objective is to conscientise the youth about the importance of legal migration.

She disclosed that Brong-Ahafo Region had been a target for both IOM and SIT in their awareness creation campaigns because the Region was noted as transit point for the youth to embark on hazardous and risky journeys to Europe.

Ms. Nakamura further disclosed that the project would last for three years, adding that during that period they would move to the other targeted Municipalities and Districts to embark on similar campaign against illegal migration.

DSI Agyemang-Wadee and DSI Alhassan in separate remarks lauded the appeal for the GIS Nkoranza office and therefore promised to communicate the idea to their Authorities for consideration.

GNA

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