- The Comptroller General of the Ghana Immigration Service has described as very bad the retirement benefits of GIS officers
- He, therefore, called on the government to immediately do something about it
- He was speaking at a programme in the Eastern Regional capital of Koforidua
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The Comptroller General of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has expressed grave worry over what he described as terribly poor retirement conditions of officers of the GIS.
“If you look at all the agencies under Interior Ministry especially the security agencies, our pension benefit is nothing to write home about,” Kwame Asuah protested.
“You retire in such a manner that you go home, if you don’t take care, I don’t know what will happen to you,” he bemoaned.
Speaking on Friday, May 7, 2021, in Koforidua during the ceremony of the Management and Regional Commanders Retreat, Kwame Asuah Takyi called for the amendment of the Immigration Service Act 908 to address what he says is a “very…very bad pension benefits.”
“At the end of the day when you work for 30, 40 years, you have to retire, go home and enjoy your retirement, not with difficulties. It is nothing to write home about, I don’t want to say it in public when I say it, they will feel uncomfortable and I myself I will feel uncomfortable,” the Comptroller stated as reported by Starrfm.com.gh.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, the Ningo Prampram lawmaker, Samuel George, said persons engaged in illegal mining otherwise known as ‘galamsey’ must be instantly executed via the firing squad.
According to a report sighted on Ghanaweb, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) legislator expressed fear his children and “your children will not have portable water to drink” due to illegal mining.
"If the person is NDC, if the person is a national executive of the NDC, arrest him and jail him. I believe that for the first time we should actually have the firing squad brought back,” Sam George added.
In the meantime, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI) stated that the government will do what it pleases with seized galamsey equipment.
Dr. Kwaku Afriyie said as earlier reported by YEN.com.gh that the government will continue to burn excavators being used for illegal mining when soldiers seize them.
He said those who do not agree with them burning the machines should feel free to drag them to court. According to him, burning the machines is the best alternative to fighting illegal mining rather than seizing and keeping them.
President Akufo-Addo gave an order for the deployment of soldiers to mining areas to clamp down on activities by illegal miners.
The soldiers, numbering 200 were poled together to undertake this operation which started on Wednesday morning, April 28, 2021, at 6 am.
The deployed soldiers were expected to remove all those engaging in the illegal act and also destroy the logistics involved in mining from Ghana’s water bodies.
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Source: Yen Ghana