As part of efforts to reduce challenges associated with migration especially to Asian and Arabian countries, the Migration Information Bureau of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has appealed to all Ghanaians to seek information on the countries they intend visiting before embarking on their journeys.
Chief Superintendent Mark Asamoah Boakye, head of the Bureau, has explained that cultural practices differ from one country to the other. What is acceptable in Ghana may not be acceptable in other countries, hence the need to become acquainted with those practices before the trip.
Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday May 30, he observed that failure on the part of some Ghanaians to seek advice before travelling has brought a lot of pain and hardship on them and their families.
According to him, some have lost their lives, others have been incarcerated due to lack of knowledge on the dos and don’ts in the countries they travelled to – a situation which makes it necessary for all and sundry to rely on the GIS for travel advice.
He said: “We will continue with the education on migration because more people are finding themselves in trouble each day.
“We can only appeal to the general public that if they intend to travel outside the country they should walk into the office of the Migration Information Bureau and speak to us before leaving. If they cannot come to the office they can call 0307325089 or 0307325098.”