300 Graduate from BIN, LNFS Training

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Over three hundred recruits of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS) on Saturday graduated from the Camp Biago Sinje Training Site, Garwula District, Grand Cape Mount County.
The joint graduation ceremony of such a large number of paramilitary personnel in advance of the draw down plan by peacekeepers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) next year, is the first of its kind in post-war Liberia.
Saturday’s graduation exercise following the training, according to security experts, is the beginning of several training sessions of security personnel aimed to fill in the gap that would subsequently be created after the departure of UNMIL from Liberia.
The graduates who have completed a three-month intensive training exercise have been described by BIN Commissioner, Cllr. Lemuel Reeves, as “Pioneers of Camp Biago.” Of the total number of graduates, 265 were certificated as BIN officers, while 73 (12 females and 61 males) were also certificated as “fire fighting officers” of the LNFS, respectively.
In their two separate charges to the graduates, both BIN Commissioner Reeves and LNFS Director, G. Warsuwah Barvoul, admonished them to be responsible in their respective professional duties at all times to overcome the challenges that lie ahead of them.
Cllr. Reeves disclosed that of the over 300 entry points across the country, only 45 are officially recognized and manned by assigned security personnel, while the rest remain porous. He stressed the need to train and equip more security officers to be assigned across the country’s porous border points.
He cautioned the young graduates to bear in mind their role as paramilitary personnel to contribute to the security and socio-economic development of the country by facilitating international travel and regulating entry, exit, residency, citizenship and to moreover improve border structure.
For his part, Director Warsuwah called on the graduates, especially those of the LNFS, to bear in mind that their job is “sacrificial,” and requires safeguarding life and property of all residents from potential and real hazards throughout the length and breath of the country. He urged them to promote efficient fire prevention services and continue improving fire firefighting methods and practices in keeping with international best standards.
The BIN was established in February 1956 by an Act of the National Legislature as a paramilitary security agency with a statutory mandate to enforce the alien and nationality laws of Liberia.
This includes protecting Liberia’s territory against illegal entry, manage legal alien-residents and contribute to the general revenue collection through its services.
As for the LNFS, it was formerly a brigade with the name municipal Fire Brigade, but was transformed by an Act of Legislature in October 1963 under the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The Bureau under the Public Safety Legislation has the oversight responsibility to save lives and protect from fire destruction and regulate all fire safety programs with emphasis on fire prevention and fire fighting.

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