The Vice President of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai has extolled Tetra Tech DPK for empowering Liberian Security and local leaders with logistical support, which is cardinal in the mitigation of local disputes.
Speaking at the symbolic turning over ceremony of logistical equipment, including motorcycles, computers, printers, forensic crime scene kit, and solar panel and among others to the Lofa County Security Council on Tuesday, June 17, the VP said the supplies will help to enhance security in Lofa.
He thanks the Tetra Tech DPK for not just focusing on land disputes alone, but also the problems that are behind it.
He expressed the government’s profound gratitude to the people of the United States whose taxes were used to fund Tetra Tech's very important work.
A month ago, Tetra Tech DPK symbolically donated assorted logistical items to law enforcement officers in Lofa and Nimba Counties under Mitigating Land Dispute in Liberia/MLDL Program.
“Instead of us being called Mitigating Land Dispute we are now being called “Mitigating Local Dispute”, said Dr. Alfred Fofie, Chief of Team.
The donated materials include, 40 motorbikes, some assorted office equipments and more importantly a forensic kit which would be used by the LNP to investigate fingerprint at the crime scene.
The bikes were symbolically turned over the Lofa County Security Authority on June 17 in the presence of Vice President Boakai.
The Vice President used the occasion to caution those who would be using the items to use them wisely and they should always be properly maintained.
He said, “These are the solution to our security problem so take good care of them. You cannot govern people who are not at peace,” Amb. Boakai told the local leaders.
At the same time, Lofa County Superintendent George Dunor had said that the County Security Authority is going to institute a committee to be monitoring usage of the donated items.
“This entire program is about early warning and early response; these materials are given to security sectors, so as to respond quickly to any threat within the community,” Dr. Fofie said.
Tetra Tech is carrying on the pilot project in two counties in Liberia — Lofa and Nimba — under the MLDL program.
Since 2012, Tetra Tech DPK has been implementing a program called Mitigating Land Dispute in Liberia/MLDL with its pilot phases presently focusing on Nimba and Lofa Counties.
In the MLDL program, Tetra Tech organized the county Security Council, the district security council and the community forum in both Nimba and Lofa counties respectively.
The county security council, which is the highest security body in the county, is headed by the superintendent and co-chair by the LNP county commander. The district security council is also headed by a district commissioner, which the community forum is headed by a civilian and comprises of members of the community.
The community Forum, which is the civilian body upon hearing any threat or dispute, they will discuss among themselves; and if they cannot be settled, it is reported to the district security council most of its members are security. If the dispute still cannot be settled at that level, it is then reported to the county security council and if the county security council fails, the case is then reported to the national security council which is a headed by the President for national response.
In an overview the MLDL helps security institutions in the two pilot counties of Nimba and Lofa to identify and prevent small community and county–level disputes from becoming larger conflicts.
Using the concept of community–oriented policing, MLDL continues to work to improve the relationship between police institution and the local population, and to steadily build security forces’ confidence in these counties.