In an effort to beef up the numerical strength of officers of the Liberia Immigration Service admits the growing threat of terrorism, insecurity among others in Liberia and the sub region at large, about six hundred (Immigration) officers are expected to receive training in fire arms control and management.
Making the disclosure via mobile to KMTV News was the Director of Press and Public Affairs at the Liberia Immigration Service(LIS) Abraham Dolley who noted that the training which will kick in January of 2020 will further enhance the skills of the Immigration officers to help fully prepare them to protect hundreds of porous and illegal border entry points across Liberia.
He said the fire arms training is necessary because it will give the officers an added advantage to adequately and effectively guide and protect Liberia’s entry points admits the increase of drugs and human trafficking in the region.
The LIS Chief Spokesman pointed out that there is a need to help combat the rapid flow of illicit and dangerous substances entering into Liberia many of whom he indicated are smuggled into Liberia through the illegal border points due to insufficient manpower, this he noted the Government is gradually working on to address in order to provide maximum protect for residents in the Country.
According to him, the region is working as a unit to help combat the illicit flow of small arms and light weapons including other illegal activities in order to protect the current peace the people in the sub region are enjoying.
Mr. Dolley said regional peace and security unlike in the past is now a major concern to heads of states in the Mano River Union Basin.
It can be recalled that the United Nations Peace Building Commission delegation paid a visit to the region including Liberia and through its Chairman Ambassador Guillermo Fernández de Soto Valderrama stressed the important need for regional body to work with other international bodies, Civil Society groups in partnering to explore opportunities for enhanced cooperation aimed at supporting cross border activities.
The United Nations Diplomat said the main focus of that initiative among others is to help sustain peace and security, development as well as strengthening democracy in their respective Countries.
He said the promotion of regional integrity as part of their recent visit to the region is very significant to the UN Peace Building Commission delegation.
Meanwhile the LIS Director of Press unveils that an undisclosed number of Liberians to form part of the first and second batch of deportees from the United States of America will begin arriving on November 13,2019 On Wednesday in Liberia and on December 11, 2019 respectively.
Though their crimes are not disclosed but it can be recalled that the first batch of deportees that arrived in Liberia in mid-2019 crimes ranged from Armed Robbery, Burglary, rape and many others.
According to Mr. Dorley all necessary security as well as immigration measures are being put in place to receive them urging Liberians that there is no need to panic .