The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has donated eight shelter tents valued at US$38,660 to the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) as part of efforts to ensure effective monitoring of Liberia’s border posts to prevent the resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) and other cross-border issues.
At the donation ceremony in Monrovia, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programmes and acting Country Director Cleophas Torori said the donation of the shelter tents is intended to ensure robust surveillance at the country’s border posts.
The tents will also facilitate the deployment of BIN officers at various crossing points along the country's borders and allow the officers to patrol both official and unofficial crossing points, said Mr. Torori.
“Liberia shares borders with Guinea, Sierra Leone, and the Ivory Coast and the deployment of the BIN officers at these posts will not only prevent the resurgence of the Ebola virus in the country, but also help deal with crimes and smuggling of small arms and light weapons,” UNDP Acing Country Director said.
He noted that despite the count-down in the EVD cases in the country, it was equally important to keep surveillance and stick to preventive measures already instituted by the government and its partners.
BIN Commissioner Lemuel Reeves received the tents and thanked the UNDP for its continuous support to BIN over the years.
The donation of the tents, he said, would ensure that BIN officers are deployed at border posts especially as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down.
“With these tents, our officers will be able to deploy and patrol remote areas along our borders, not only to keep surveillance on EVD, but to prevent other crimes,” the BIN boss said.
He admonished BIN officers to ensure that the tents and other donated items are properly maintained and accounted for at all times.