Four immigration officers who stopped the smuggling of petroleum products from Ghana to Togo through unapproved routes in the Volta Region have been honoured by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).
Another officer was also honoured for his commitment to ensuring environmental cleanliness in and around the GIS national headquarters in Accra.
They are Chief Supt. Godson Attobrah, Akanu Sector Commander; Assistant Supt. Augustus Okyere, officer in charge of Grounds; Assistant Inspector Samuel Ampofo, Inspector Kofi Asante and Immigration Control officer 1, Israel Gidisu.
Each of them received an undisclosed amount of money, a certificate and a plague for their dedication to duty at a ceremony in Accra for them by the Comptroller-General of GIS, Kwame Asuah Takyi.
He praised the five officers for their bravely, patriotism and dedication to duty.
The Comptroller-General noted that the commendation given to the leadership of the Service by the State should trickle down to the officers who were in the thick of affairs.
“When the glory comes, it usually goes to the leaders. The glory should go to the officers too. They could have taken money and allowed them [the smugglers] to go,” Mr Takyi indicated.
Mr Takyi said the management of GIS recognises the effort of the officers, hence the decision to honour them, saying “management and I recognise what you have done and gives you this token to show our appreciation”.
Deputy Comptroller-General in-charge of Finance and Administration, Mrs Judith Dzokoto-Lomoh expressed appreciation to the officers for not only being friendly but vigilant at the frontiers.
She commended them for their dedication and show of professionalism and encouraged them to do more, saying “more grease to your elbow”.
Mrs Dzokoto-Lomoh explained that they were being honoured for other officers to know their good deeds to be emulated.
Deputy-Cromptroller-General in-charge of Command Post and Operations, Laud Kwesi Affrifah underscored the urgent need to resource border patrol unit of the GIS, explaining that a well-resourced border control unit would go a long way to curb leakages of resources.