The Kingdom of Spain gave an assistance package comprising vehicles, desktop computers and other equipment to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and the Ghana Police Service (GPS) to support the operations of both institutions. The assistance will support government’s management of irregular migration and other cross-border crimes.

The package included 6 Mitsubishi L200D pickup trucks 23 HP Desktop Computers and accessories and 10 Printers. The equipment will be allocated to the Anti-Human Trafficking/Visa Fraud Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service in the fight against irregular migration.

In comments made at the donation event, the Spanish Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Alicia Rico Perez del Pulgar said the fight against irregular migration and transnational organized crime required collective effort of the countries of origin, transit and destination. Ambassador del Pulgar described the assistance as a demonstration of Spain’s commitment to strengthening its existing relationship with Ghana.

Ghana’s Minister for the Interior Mr. Ambrose Dery who received the assistance package on behalf of the Ghana Police and Immigration Services. Mr. Derry said international migration was an inherent and integral part of Ghana’s developmental process and the benefits of migration should be derived within the proper context of of legal and administrative framework. Mr. Derry noted that cross-border crimes and irregular migration are better fought through international cooperation.

I welcome the commitment of the Kingdom of Spain to ensure humane and orderly migration as it benefits the two countries, he added.

The Comptroller General of Immigration Mr. Kwame Asuah-Takyi commended the Government of Spain for the assistance and noted that assistance had come at a critical time when the Government of Ghana had reviewed its border strategy in the ace of COVID-19 and other security concerns. He said the GIS had enhanced operational capacities of officers to detect, prevent and deter irregular migration.

The Kingdom of Spain and the Republic of Ghana signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in December 2015 in which the former would provide aid €87,000 to support the Ghana Immigration Service to establish a Migration Information Centre (MIC) in Tamale to help educate migrants and potential migrants about safe migration and the dangers of irregular migration. The two countries shared common interest in addressing irregular migration and human trafficking issues.