As part of efforts to ensure effective monitoring of Liberia’s border posts to prevent the resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) and other cross-border issues, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) last week donated eight (8) shelter tents valued at US$38,660 to the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).
In a short ceremony in Monrovia to turn over the tents to the BIN, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programmes and acting Country Director Cleophas Torori said the donation of the shelter tents is intended to increase robust surveillance at the country’s border posts.
Mr. Torori added that the tents will also facilitate the deployment of BIN officers at various crossing points along the country's borders, and allow the officers to patrol both official and unofficial crossing points.
Liberia shares borders with Guinea, Sierra Leone, and the Ivory Coast. Mr. Torori further indicated that the deployment of BIN officers at these posts will not only prevent the resurgence of the Ebola virus in the country, but also helps deal with crimes and smuggling of small arms and light weapons.
As Liberia enters a count down to be declared Ebola Free given a drastic decline in the EVD Infection rate, Mr. Torori stressed that it was equally important to keep surveillance and continue to observe the preventive measures already instituted by the government and partners.
The BIN Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, received the tents on behalf of his organization and thanked the UNDP for the donation and its continuous support to BIN over the years.
In his remarks, Commissioner Reeves said the donation of the tents was also important to ensuring that BIN officers are deployed at border posts especially as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down.
“With these tents, our officers will be able to deploy and patrol remote areas along our borders, not only to keep surveillance on EVD, but to prevent other crimes…” the BIN boss said.
He entreated BIN officers to ensure that the tents and other donated items are properly maintained and accounted for at all times.
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