UNDP, Japan Enhance Border Surveillance in Liberia

Oct 16, 2015

Some of the vehicles on display at the Turn Over Ceremony held at the Headquarters of the Liberia National Police

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Government of Japan, has donated sixteen (16) brand new vehicles to the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).

The vehicles, to be evenly distributed between the LNP and BIN, are intended to be used for the enhancement of border surveillance and the proliferation of small arms following the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia. 

UNDP Country Director, Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen said the donation was a result of the Government of Liberia and partners working jointly for the good of the country’s security, safety and development in an orderly and peaceful manner.

“We are just getting out of the EVD crisis and we want to remain at zero, we want to keep our borders safe, so that within the borders, we too, are going to be safe…Safety means that we have to have the best, in terms of equipment for surveillance, in terms of equipment for communication, in terms of equipment for reaching out to those difficult areas….” Dr. Kamaluddeen said at a turnover ceremony of the 16 vehicles to the LNP and BIN held at the Liberia National Police Headquarters in Monrovia.

He told the LNP and BIN officers to always ensure that the right jobs are done in order to attract more support from the donors and international community.

“This is within the overall picture of Liberia’s response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak and its aftermath. This is also important in terms of the transition (UNMIL drawdown), that we continue to strengthen our capacities, we strengthen our institutions and strengthen our overall readiness” Dr. Kamaluddeen stated.

Receiving the keys to the vehicles, Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannoh thanked UNDP and the government of Japan for their continuous support to the development and sustainability of the country’s peace and democracy.

Minister Sannoh recounted the friendship between the Governments of Japan and Liberia which he said has come a long way, adding, that the friendship dates as far back to the late seventies and was solidified when the Japanese Government constructed the Japanese clinic at the John F. Kennedy Hospital compound in Monrovia.

“I want to admonish you to make sure that these vehicles reach to the counties for which they are intended” the Country’s Attorney-General stated. “When things are given to us, one of the challenges we have is maintenance” Minister Sannoh stressed.

The vehicles are intended to be used by the Border Patrol Units (BPU) within the eight border counties-Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Maryland, River Gee, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Lofa and Bong.

“That’s what these vehicles are for. They are not intended to be plying the streets of Monrovia” said the Justice Minister.

Cllr. Sannoh however, assured UNDP and the government of Japan that with modalities being worked out for the establishment of regional service stations for the maintenance of government vehicles across the country, assuring that mechanisms are being put in place to ensure that government vehicles are not abused.

Contact

Eric Opoku-Community Engagement Specialist email-eric.opoku@undp.org

Tel; +231/0770003839

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org

Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: zotasam@gmail.com

Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

 

 

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