MONROVIA, March 28 (LINA) -The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Cllr. Lemuel E.A. Reeves, has disclosed that authorities at the Bureau have earmarked the establishment of a training academy in Foya, Lofa County.
He said when established, the academy will serve as a regional training ground for the Mano River Union countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea, as well as other African countries.
Speaking at the regular Thursday press briefing at the Information Ministry, Commissioner Reeves, however, stopped short of disclosing the cost of the proposed academy, but indicated that partners, especially the U. N. Development Program (UNDP), U. N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), among others, are fully in support of the initiative.
Meanwhile, as government embarks on the takeover of security in Liberia in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown, the UN, government and other partners have completed and turned over some border ports around the country to the national security apparatus.
Reeves said for the first time in Liberia, the BIN built residential quarters as a pilot project for officers of the bureau along the border with Sierra Leone at New York Island in Grand Cape Mount County and additional quarters along the Sierra Leone, Guinea borders in Gboata, in Bong County.
According to him, plans are underway to construct more residential quarters around the country through the ECOWAS Fund, that is managed by the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs.