personnel of The Gambia Immigration Department (GID) have been certified after
undergoing a two-week intensive training on document security and fraud detection
at a ceremony held at the Immigration unit in Tanji. The training was being
organised by the German Federal Police in collaboration with the German Embassy
in Dakar, Senegal.
Director General of GID, Seedy Touray commended the German Federal Police and the Germany Embassy for organising and funding the training, saying GID officers are ready to put into practice what they have learnt.
Immigration DG underscored the importance of capacity building in any viable institution, noting that it is never sufficient in the execution of their functions as officers and going into to learn new things.
He stated that training would help them improve the capability of the personnel in the execution of their functions.
Mr. Touray advised the trainees to share the knowledge they acquired from the training with their colleagues, acknowledging that The Gambia is currently undergoing security sector reforms in which capacity building is important.
“We want more trainings because the more trained Immigration officers we have, the more we will be able to perform our duties as expected,” he said.
He made reference to irregular migration, human trafficking and terrorism, something he said, has led to the loss of lives and resources and still continue to pose threats around the sub region and The Gambia is no exception.
Michael Klasen, trainer from the German Federal Police said he hope that the training will improve the capacity of the Immigration personnel in the execution of their duties.
One of the participants, Adel Sambou thanked the German Federal Police and the Embassy for the foresight, saying the new skills learnt during the training would help them greatly.
She said during the training, they were able to gather knowledge pertaining to their job career as Immigration personnel and hope that the training will bridge the gap in document security. “We would like to appeal to the director general and the high command to extend this training to our colleagues, who were not opportune to be part of it,” she said.