In continuation of enhancing border surveillance in Liberia, the Government of Japan through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has turned over several logistics, materials, and equipment to the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).
The items worth over US$628,000 dollars include 160 motorbikes, 2,000 rain gears, eighty public address system and 200 pieces of infrared thermometers. The latest gesture follows a recent donation of 18 Land Cruiser jeeps and eight tents to the two security entities by the government and people of Japan to be used in border counties. At the official hand over of the materials and logistics, the Ambassador of Japan to Liberia Kaore Yoshinura said his government is looking forward to working with the Government of Liberia to enhance security in the country. Ambassador Yoshinura recalled the collaboration and relationship between the two countries and pledged Japan’s commitment to supporting Liberia in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure and security. He praised UNDP for the excellent partnership under the Emergency Support to the Enhanced Border Surveillance Project. The Japanese Ambassador also committed his government to building the human resource capacity of Liberian police officers through the Kofi Annan Training Center in Accra Ghana. “Our government will provide funding for police officers to take advantage of various training courses being offered at the Kofi Annan Training Institute,” the Japanese Ambassador intimated. Speaking earlier while jointly turning over the items with the Japanese Ambassador to the Justice Minister, UNDP Country Director, Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen, described the latest donation as another milestone for development in Liberia in the midst of an UNMIL transition. Dr. Kamaluddeen stressed that the assets are to be used by security personnel in the eight border counties as part of efforts aimed at making the work of officers easier, effective and efficient. The eight border counties are Maryland, Gbapolu, Lofa, Bong, Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Rivergee, and Nimba Counties. He applauded the Japanese government for the exemplary partnership and urged the Liberian government to use the assets to benefit Liberians in enhancing border surveillance, maintaining peace and security which will lead to improved economic growth. In his response, the Minister of Justice Cllr. Benedict Sannoh extended appreciation to the development partners on behalf of the Liberian Government. He recalled the numerous support from the Japanese government and the UNDP in the areas of infrastructure development and justice and security as well as development partners’ response to Liberia’s fight during the period of the Ebola crisis. Counselor Sannoh however mentioned challenges and gaps being faced by the government especially during this period of UNMIL Transition. The Justice Minister appealed for additional support from partners to address some of these challenges. “Security is not only a national responsibility but a global one as well,” Minister Sannoh stressed. UNDP with the support of the government of Japan is implementing a US$ 3.6million dollar Emergency Support to National Response to Ebola Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Epidemic, through its 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. UNDP’s Enhanced Ebola Border Surveillance Project (EESP) also 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 weapon proliferation.