As part of efforts to inform citizens about the workings of the Liberia Immigration Services, the agency has embarked on several engagement meetings with residents in Southeast Liberia.
According to Col Abraham Dorley, Spokesperson of LIS, the exercise is aimed at engaging residents and Officers of the Liberia Immigration Services on Border Safety ,Security and function of the agency.
Col. Dorley said, citizens will also be allowed to voice out their views on issues affecting them in their Communities especially those things that have been put in place by officers of the Liberia Immigration Services.
To intensify the engagement he said, the Liberia Immigration Services Commissioner, Robert Boley is expected in the Southeastern region with a fifteen men delegation.
Speaking to KMTV in Maryland County, Dorley said, “We are particularly here to ensure citizens are inform about the workings of the Liberia Immigration Services, how to keep our borders in tight and some security information we think will help our Citizens and those in our borders understand the smooth operation of the LIS, and how we should keep our borders safe to not allow illegal entrance.“
The LIS spokesman noted that over the past, there has been misunderstanding about the sector and has created some doubts about the officers and their functions .
Col. Dorley also indicated that despite several challenges facing the immigration sector, plans are on the way to remedy the minor ones, stressing that the pro-poor Government of President George Weah is working everyday to solve the situation . “Let us see how we can create a smooth atmosphere between the Community and our Immigration officers, because they are not enemies to the security”.
He indicated that if Liberians must maintain the fragile peace, Citizens and people in the borders of the country should collectively contribute to the Peace and Development agenda of the the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Government.
He however disclosed that, as part of efforts in solving the problems face with the immigration sector, the Government of Liberia has since increase the salary of officers, something he said is helping to sustaining officers.
Also speaking, Maryland County Commander of the Liberia Immigration Services, Col Victor Bartue thank the LIS officers for the steps taken in boosting the sector, while he at the same time use the occasion to cautious his fellow officers to work in the interest of the Country and especially Support the government’s Pro-Poor agenda for a better security sector in Liberia.