The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said that the establishment of the immigration training academy will enhance government efforts to combat transnational crimes including terrorism, human trafficking, irregular and illegal migration among others.

The Premier made these remarks during the handover ceremony of the Immigration training school, in Nakasongola from International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to the Government of Uganda.

PM Rugunda launches the Immigration Services quarterly magazine during the handover ceremony of the Immigration Training Academy from IOM to GOU in Nakasongola

The Project was implemented by IOM with 1.8 million United States Dollars funded by the Government of Japan.

“I am Happy to note that the academy will primarily focus on training and empowering immigration officers in; document inspection, identity management and immigration intelligence, which are key in having a professional and highly efficient immigration force capable of securing Uganda’s boarders and the country at large,” Hon Rugunda said.

The Premier said that Government fully supports the cause and asked that the facility be available for use to other government agencies and regional countries interested in using the facility.

The Prime Minister also expressed gratitude to the government of Japan and IOM for the continued support to the Government of Uganda.

The Minister of state for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania said government, will continue to support the facility through regular political strategic guidance necessary for its continued operations and developments.

His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, Kazuaki Kameda expressed his admiration to the commitment and dedication demonstrated by the government of Uganda by quickly undertaking the construction project of the facility and completing it within a year.

PM Rugunda in a group photo with some of the officials and partners who attended the handover ceremony of the Immigration Training Academy in Nakasongola

The Ambassador said that Japan’s support of the project demonstrates Japan’s commitment to enhancement of global security, which was reached during the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) which was held in Nairobi in August 2017.

TICAD VI identified radicalization, terrorism and armed conflict as some of the major emerging challenges in Africa, and thus resolved that promotion of social stability for shared prosperity be prioritized.

Kazuaki was optimistic that the additional support rendered to the academy by the government of Japan such as provision of vehicles for border patrols, document inspection lab, and equipment for identifying falsified travel documents as well as offering highly specialized immigration intelligence training for the immigration officials, will lead to effective boarder control.

The UN Resident Representative to Uganda, Rosa Malango noted that the facility enhances Uganda’s target of reaching a middle income status by 2020, highlighting that improving and strengthening peace and security is an essential component in achieving development.

She Pledged UN’s commitment and support towards the facility and the nation at large.

PM Rugunda commissions the Immigration Training Academy in Nakasongola on Monday (Photo by PMPU)

The Chief of Mission International Organisation for Migration in Uganda, Ali Abdi said that the facility will enhance protection of boarders from threats which will ease access and entry into the country as well as exit without security threats.

The academy project was launched in July 2016 under the directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control with the aim of strengthening boarder security in Uganda.

The Citizenship and Immigration services magazine titled “The Passport” which is to be published quarterly was also launched by the Prime Minister during the function.