The acting Commissioner General of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Moses Kai-doz Yebleh, has termed capacity-building as an important tool for the provision of strong and adequate service delivery to the nation.
Yebleh said to ensure that officers of LIS are fully capacitated to adequately render professional services to the nation, the institution is doing everything possible to ensure that its staff get the requisite training that will help them perform their duties.
Towards this endeavor, Yebleh disclosed that five officers of LIS have received a one-month capacity-building training on Executive Policy Development, Leadership Crisis and Anti- Terrorism at the International Law Enforcement Academy in the United States of America.
The LIS acting commissioner spoke recently when he addressed journalists at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia.
“We want to thank the American Government through its Embassy near here, who sponsored the training program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that administered the training to our officers,” Yebleh said.
He informed journalists that some members of LIS also received training in a number of disciplines in the People’s Republic of China, Ghana, and Rwanda, adding that all of the training courses are basically aimed at providing skills that will foster professionalism at the entity.
Yebleh also revealed that 38 officers of LIS are currently undergoing training in Drug Crimes and other related courses at the headquarters of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) in Monrovia to enable them assist in the fight against drug trafficking.
Meanwhile, the LIS acting Commissioner General further disclosed that some provisions in the current Immigration law of Liberia do not address or speak to current day realities and as such LIS has submitted a number of draft provisions for revision to the Ministry of Justice for approval and subsequent submission to the National Legislature.
He pointed out that the Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia is among provisions of the new draft amendments submitted to the Justice Ministry, adding that the old law is beyond 40 years and can no longer address contemporary immigration issues.
Yebleh stated that President George Manneh Weah is more concerned about the enhancement and improvement of the nation’s immigration sector.
Liberia has 1,586 land borders, of which 310 kilometres is shared with Sierra Leone, and 560km with Guinea, while 716km connect Liberia with the Ivory Coast.