Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, has assured the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the people of Liberia that China will continue to play its role in supporting and cooperating with Liberia to maintain peace and security in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown.
Ambassador Yue made the statement over the weekend when he turned over a consignment of equipment, including a fleet of 30 Chinese made police motorbikes, two Chinese made jeeps and several anti-riot gear valued at over 1.3 million RMB to the LNP.
According to the Chinese Envoy, the donation was made possible through a request made by the LNP to the Ministry of Public Security of China. “It is the largest police aid from China to Liberia”, Amb. Yue said.
The donation comes at a time when UNMIL is drawing down, and Liberia is on its path to post-Ebola recovery. “This donation aims at helping LNP to overcome difficulties of insufficient funds to change the old police equipment, to improve stability and maintenance and anti-riot ability of Liberian police force to play a positive role in guaranteeing long-term security and stability,” the Chinese Ambassador said as he turned over the items to LNP Director Chris Massaquoi.
The Chinese Diplomat said China has been active in assisting the Liberian government and the people in their endeavors to reconstruct their country, adding, “We take Liberia’s development as our assistance priorities with the aim to bring tangible benefit to the Liberian people.”
He said with the development of bilateral relations, the police exchanges and cooperation between China and Liberia have also been deepened steadily with the protocol signed between China and Liberia. China’s Female Police Unit (FPU) will conduct training of Liberian policemen in the process of handing over of the equipment. “So this handover is not only for hardware, but of capacity,” he added.
LNP Director Chris Massaquoi, on receiving the items, lauded the government of China for the gesture, adding that it will help the LNP in addressing the many challenges the force is faced with in providing security to Liberians.
Director Massaquoi said China has been a partner in the restructuring process of the LNP stressing that the police will continue to exhibit professionalism in the performance of their duty to Liberians.
He said the donation will help the police in getting adequately prepared to respond to the many the challenges that might face them in the wake of UNMIL’s drawdown.