Efforts by the Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) to creating awareness in strengthening the capacity of security at various border points in Liberia and the sub region was today launched by the Liberian Government in the presence of all stakeholders who have over years have been advocating for its fruition.
The ‘Accra Declaration’, a document which features on how various border point should be handled by assigned security officers was launched by the acting Liberian Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Varney Sirleaf who and other stakeholders have been in the vanguard in collaboration with other Mano River Union (MRU) Countries stressed the importance of this launch.
At the launching today, several institutions including the Ministry of Justice, the Bureau of Immigration, Civil Society groups, and District Platform for Dialogue (DPP) representatives from various counties of Liberia were also at the launching.
Representatives of the DPP used the occasion to inform the Liberian Government about the infiltration of foreigners into Liberia without proper check by concerned security agents, including officers of the Bureau of Immigration due to the uncountable entry points that cannot be manned.
Speaking further, one of the representatives from Grand Gedeh County reemphasized the illegal presence, and farming of Burkinabes on the soil of Liberia, a situation he noted has created serious security in that part of the Country, stressing, “Their illegal presence in the County has created fear in the minds of Grand Gedeans. Despite of our county’s authority continues plead with the central Government it is still untouched on the matter,” one of the DPP speaking further complained.
For his part, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration, Lemuel Reeves thanked the leadership of the IREDD for initiating this dialogue, which he said gives rise to the plight of officers of the BIN to be heard by the central government.
The head of IREDD, Mr. Dan Sayee speaking at the launching expressed thanks and appreciation to DPP representatives who came from far off country to take part in the launch, and urged them to do whatever they can do to create more awareness of the Accra Declaration.