Aeneas Chuma: Statement at handover of Police Regional Training Center in HarperSep 24, 2013
In 2010, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and UNDP signed a Cost Sharing Agreement for implementation of the project titled “LNP Development- Strengthening Personal and Community Security in Liberia”.
Under this agreement several activities were earmarked and one of the key activities is the construction of the regional training center which will in the short and long terms translate into the below results:
• Enabling the Liberia National Police (LNP) to recruit officers in the South East of Liberia to reach its target of 8,000 officers before UNMIL drawdown;
• Providing the proper environment for the LNP to conduct refresher training for its own officers;
• Creating an enabling environment for other law enforcement officers such as Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization (BIN), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Fire Service, etc., to have access to the regional training facilities;
The construction of a regional training center for the Liberia National Police is viewed as a key step in the realization and achievements of the above mentioned expected results. More besides, the regional training center is viewed as one that will serve as the feeding line (back-up) for the regional hub to be established in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh.
UNDP is very pleased with this development and expresses appreciation first to the Government and people of Norway for making available the needed resources.
It is worth mentioning that the total cost of this project amounted to US$187,033.90 of which the Norwegian Government contributed US$153,038.90 for the construction of the center while UNDP contributed US$33,995 for solar lights, furniture and kitchen utensils.
We are also grateful to the Government of Liberia for providing the enabling environment and also for being a very good partner to work with.
The United Nations Development Programme in Liberia (UNDP) and the United Nations as a whole, remain fully committed to continued support to the restructuring of the LNP, which includes the construction of such facilities.
It is in this light that UNDP humbly requests that the LNP uses this facility to its full potential, but equally bearing in mind that we will depend on them to properly maintain it, and provide reliable security to the residents who are direct beneficiaries of justice and security in Liberia.
As we hand over this building today, we must be reminded of the important role played by our security. Without a full functioning and vibrant security sector, the achievement of peace will remain elusive.
I conclude by applauding our Justice and Security Programme colleagues who have been working with the contractor, Engineering, Architecture Design and Construction (EADECON) to ensure that this construction work is completed.
It is hoped that the young people, especially young women in the Southern Eastern part of Liberia will take full advantage of this opportunity that has been created today.
May God bless us all!
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