She said UNMIL has played “a very significant role” in rebuilding Liberia, and as UNMIL gradually draws down, the LRA will tap its expertise and logistical support to empower the Authority better serve the Liberia people.
Mrs. Tamba was speaking recently when she led an LRA delegation to pay a working visit with Mr. M. Farid Zarif, the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Coordinator of the U.N Operation in Liberia.
She stressed the need for a better partnership with UNMIL in border control and ports management in enhancing revenue collection, strengthening of the LRA Professional Ethics Division to fight fraud in the revenue sector and the provision of logistics to the LRA Customs sector including uniforms, vehicles and other border administration related gadgets.
The LRA, Mrs Tamba told SRSG Zarif, was in dire need of uniforms for its customs officers assigned at border posts.
While Immigrations officers were fully attired at borders, ports and points of entry, Customs officers were not, something she said was a challenge that needed to be addressed in the face of funding challenges facing the LRA.
Responding, SRSG Zarif applauded the LRA for the progress and assured that consideration would be given to the training needs of the LRA in capacity building to enhance performance.
He recognized the efforts and importance of the LRA to the country and pledged to work collaboratively in resolving ports and customs-related challenges, especially with respect to UNMIL personnel.
SRSG Zarif said he sees no reason why UN personnel will not want to abide by the law of the state since the UN itself is a strong proponent of orderliness and the rule of law.
“I have absolutely no mercy for people who violate the law, there will be no mercy, and there will be no protection for those who depart from the law,” the UNMIL boss asserted.