Immigration Recruits urged to be vigilant

May 17, 2016

The BIN-UMMIL Transition Plan highlights the need to increase its manpower by an additional 500 new recruits and strengthen border patrol by training an existing 500 officers as specialised border unit.

The Special Security Advisor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on International Affairs has urged Immigration officers to perform to the best of their abilities by investigating all violations, protecting all borders, respecting human rights and be law abiding in the discharge of their duties.

Dr. H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, warned the officers that they will be confronted by hostile and dangerous elements in the discharge of their duties.

Dr. Fahnbulleh gave the warning at the graduation of 250 Bureau of Immigration (BIN) Recruits (38 females, 212 males) following a 4-month training at the Camp Biago, Sinje Training Academy in Grand Cape Mount County.

“You will encounter people who are enemies of the state, and those who come with the intention of bringing destruction. That is why we are seeking to provide arms to our officers, because they are the first point of contact and therefore must be well trained," Dr. Fahnbulleh stated.

The Special Security Advisor to the President also pointed out that BIN officers have a major undertaking in helping to provide more security for Liberia by adequately responding to unfolding challenges in protecting  the country`s borders.

He noted that there can be no development in any country without security, stressing that officers have the responsibility of protecting Liberia’s territory against dangerous people.

On the challenges facing the security sector, with special recognition to BIN, Dr. Fahnbulleh said training alone is not sufficient for the kind of security the country needs.

He therefore called on partners to support the improvement of the security sector by providing education on fingerprinting, libraries with accurate teaching sessions and additional training to enable BIN officers do their work.

At the same time, the Acting Justice Minister Wheatonia Barnes has announced that the security sector is fully upbeat in its preparation to take up its responsibility as the UN Mission in Liberia draws down.

Counselor Barnes noted that with coordinated efforts from all partners, the joint security Task force continues to exhibit the ability to take full responsibility of the security of the country.

UNDP continues to provide critical support to Liberia’s Justice and Security Sector Programmes with funding from major donors like the Governments of Sweden and Norway.

UNDP Programme Assistant under the Justice and Security programme highlighted UNDP enormous interventions to peace, justice and security in Liberia over the years.

Marzu Quaye reassured UNDP's commitment to supporting and strengthening the justice and security sector for the betterment of the country.

The training was intended to augment the current strength of the BIN as a critical element in sustaining peace and security in Liberia, as part of efforts by the national security apparatus to take over from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as of 30th June this year.

The 250 new recruits are expected to help increase the current strength of the BIN which stands at 2081, of which 32% are females.

They are to be deployed in counties sharing borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire. The idea is to constructively engage communities using already established county and district security councils in border communities in an effort to prevent cross-border crimes and diseases, whilst promoting trade and commerce.

Contact

For further information, contact:

Marzu S.  Quaye, Programme Assistant/email-marzu.stubblefield@undp.org/Tel; +231/777210313

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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