The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Government and people of Japan through the ‘Enhanced Ebola Border Surveillance Project’ (EESP) has turned over communication equipment to the Liberia National Police and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).
The equipment include 280 Kenwood handheld and Based Station Digital radios. UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programme and Acting Country Director Cleophas Torori speaking at the turnover ceremony held recently in Monrovia said the equipment, which include 200 pieces of Kenwood handheld and 80 pieces of Based Station Digital radios is valued at over US$300,000 and will be equally distributed to the LNP and BIN at 140 each. Mr. Torori said the donation was in continuation of the Japanese Government support to enhancing border surveillance in Liberia through UNDP. UNDP is implementing a US$ 3.6million dollar Emergency Support to National Response to Ebola Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Epidemic, (Enhanced Ebola Border Surveillance Project-EESP). In support of the national Ebola response, the overall focus of the project is to strengthen the logistical capacity of the security task teams - Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and Liberia National Police (LNP) - in eight border counties, to effectively manage the borders of the country. For his part, the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan in Ghana, Yoshihiko Higuchi said his visit was a follow up to previous visit and was intended to ascertain the impact of Japan Government’s support to Liberia and to build stronger partnership and collaboration. “I believe that good communication is based on good team work. Good communication tool without good team, you cannot use that good communication tool effectively….. So, as we provide these communication tools to you today, we also have another project which targets senior officers to enhance their capacities to work closely and build more teamwork. So, I believe that good communication tools together with good team will double our impacts and results….” Dr. Higuchi said. He urged the officers to utilize the equipment for the good of the country and its people. The ceremony was attended by an array of Government officials and representatives of the United Nations System in Liberia and other partners. Receiving the items, Deputy Police Director for Administration Col. William K. Mulbah, expressed gratitude to the Government of Japan through UNDP for the equipment. “We are indeed grateful to the Government and people of Japan through UNDP, our trusted and reliable partner for this donation and the continuous support to our security sector…” Col. William K. Mulbah said. During the visit of Dr. Higuchi in Liberia, he visited the Regional Justice and Security Hub in Gbarnga, Bong County and held meetings with security officers and the Administrator of the Hub. According to the Japanese Envoy, his visit was intended to assess the impact of the Government and people of Japan’s support to Liberia. The Hub covers Bong, Nimba and Lofa Counties. the ‘Enhanced Ebola Border Surveillance Project’ (EESP seeks to strengthen coordination and collaboration among the security apparatus, county/local authorities, partners and border communities through community engagement towards securing the borders against EVD and small arms and light weapons’ proliferation.