The Analyst (Monrovia)

14 November 2012

Liberia: BIN Ends Nationwide General Muster

The administration of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization has ended a one week strategy planning general muster with the 15 counties and five regional commanders at the headquarters of the Bureau. The strategy planning general muster for the counties and regional commanders was intended to draw up a workable plan of action on how the commanders can contribute meaningfully by helping the administration bring the Bureau to the pre-war status and the enforcement of the Aliens and Nationality Laws of Liberia as a means mending our borders in accordance with the intercontinental protocol, thereby safe guiding our borders from the cross pollination of people without proper travelling documentations.

During the close of the strategy planning general muster, the Senior Inspector Col. Jabah Jabateh reaffirmed the desire of this administration to move the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization to the pre- war status thus culminating into international standard. He used the platform to tell the commander that they are on three (3) months’ probation and that they will be appraiser base on their monthly performance and reporting relative to the enforcement of the Alien and Nationality laws of Liberia.

Moreover, the Deputy Commissioner for operation Col. Robert W. Budy informed the commanders about the multiples initiatives taking by the current commissioners such as the drafting of the Duty Manuel, Standard Operation Procedure (SOP), the Equal Opportunity Policy, Ranking Harmonization and the Procurement Policy among others are so important to reshape the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization to suit international standard.

He further used the juncture to call on the commanders to serve their country with hearts and hands. He said that this time around, there will be no excuses for any commanders that will not live up to the day wave aim at transforming the Bureau of Immigration and if they cannot conform to the progressive agenda of the Bureau, they will eventually be left out of the alteration process that is about to take place at the Bureau.

He told the commanders that the commissioners were planning the issuance of a specify uniform for the border patrol unit, special task force and those stirring the administrative arm of the Bureau to show some level of delineation.

On her part, the commissioner, cllr Abla Gadegbeku Williams told the commanders to make sure that those Aliens wanting to obtain resident permit in their various counties should do so by depositing the needed revenue into government cover with the official flag receipt attached to authenticate the payment into the revenue arm of the national government.

She said this will help beef up the revenue capacity of the government. Commissioner Williams further reiterated that plans are on the way to improve the wellbeing of the officers assign in the leeward counties. She narrated that plans are being concluded to start the vigorous inspection of all aliens’ documents residing in Liberia and that the commanders will be rely on heavily to have it implemented in their counties. She also used the event to officially inform the officers about the requisition of a land for the possible relocation of the Bureau of Immigration. She urged the commanders to be very robust and committed to their duty because they are the first and last line of contact and that they should up hold the integrity of the Bureau in line with intercontinental proceeding.

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