Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has observed that much needs to be done to secure Liberian territory.
He said records show that of Liberia’s 176 border crossing points,only 45 are manned and patrolled.
Vice President Boakai expressed the concern Saturday at the joint graduation ceremony of officers of the Bureau of Immigration and
Naturalization (BIN) and the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) at Camp Biago, in Sinje Town located in Garwula District, Grand Cape
The Liberian Vice President noted that realizing the serious challenges at the borders, Government remains fully committed to
strengthening their capacity and addressing issues of accommodation and logistics to enhance the quality of their work.
“Take it from here; your role as security officers is most critical to the general welfare of this nation,” Vice President Boakia stressed.
According to the Liberian Vice President, the current statistics shows that BIN currently has approximately 1,120 men and women, many of whom
need to be retired due to long service, age, low capacity or physical challenges.
He stressed the need for them to consider retiring old staff hand-in-hand with the accelerated recruitment of qualified and
resourceful officers into the ranks of the BIN adding, “your training should be seen in that light”
“We acknowledge that with the target to train 3,000 strong force by 2018, projected by the BIN, it is incumbent upon us to move fast with the additional recruitment, having successfully trained 250 personnel after initially vetting 1,500,” Amb.Boakai indicated.
He said recognizing that the National Police Training Academy in Paynesville is overstretched; they cannot but re-affirm government’s commitment to the completion of the BIN Training Academy in Foya,
Lofa County, adding that government is determined to support their operations through budgetary allotment to enhance their capacity.
“By this we are sure you will be emboldened in your effort to deploy trained manpower to manage and patrol our borders to enforce and mitigate cross-border crime and the spread of diseases as well as
promote trade and commerce in the Man River Basin and ECOWAS sub-region,” he noted.