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.

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.