The reports of the presence of the Ebola virus in Nimba County has led to the indefinite closure of many UNMIL Civilian – Military activities (CIMIL) in Nimba.
One of the affected projects is the Bangladesh Liberia Friendship Center/BLFC, which is involved in building the capacity of citizens, especially young people in computer science, first aid health care, tailoring, generator repairs and maintenance, among others.
For several months since the news of Ebola began spreading across Liberia, many UNMIL related projects, including BLFC, community medical outreach and road rehabilitation works had scaled down in the county.
The UNMIL Engineering Battalion that is currently managing center (BANENRG 21), when contacted, said through its communication officer, Capt. Efat, that the closure of BLFC was due to the threat from the Ebola.
She said, their contingent had been warned by the UNMIL Headquarters to keep away from civilians so as avoid being in contact with the virus.
Even though she disclosed that the contingent is anticipating finding a reason to open the center, yet the center remains closed from all activities, including the internet services it had been providing to the community.
The Bangladesh – Liberia Friendship Center was established in 2007 by the UNMIL Bangladeshi Contingent known as Banbatt 10.
It had trained over 3000 Nimbaians in various disciplines, including computer skill, health care, tailoring, generator repairs and many more.
The center was the first area in Ganta to provide internet services to the community at the time internet was very expensive and unavailable.
However, the chairman of BLFC, Mr. James Saye Kadarmie, has confirmed the closure, but said the management is working on modalities with UNMIL to reopen the center.