2 January 2013

Liberia: BIN to Relocate - BIN Commissioner Abla G. Williams

The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Cllr. Abla Gadegbagu Williams has disclosed of plans to relocate the central offices of the Bureau to a new and modern structure.

Addressing journalists in Monrovia recently, Commissioner Williams underscored the need for a bigger and modern office space, so as to accommodate all of the new departments of the Bureau.

“We have been here from time in memorial with just a function initially, but multiple tasks to perform in recent years, as such, we need more space, logistics, manpower  and resources to appropriately discharge our duties,” she added.

Commissioner William averred that a plot of land has been purchased, surveyed and probated for the construction of BIN new headquarters.

She said, the Bureau will shortly break grounds for the commencement of the project, noting that an architect (undisclosed) has already completed the design of the structure and which could completed either during her tenure or a predecessor.

Though, she did not disclosed of the actual cost of the project, the BIN Boss noted that it will the ‘gate keeper’ thousands of United States dollars to successfully complete the initiative.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Williams says, her office is making frantic efforts to rearm all officers of the Bureau.

Prior to Liberia’s 14 years civil war, BIN personnel, especially those assigned at border points were armed with pistols, but were disarmed due to instability.

Nonetheless, Commissioner Williams believes, rearming her officers would enable them to effectively men the country’s borders, thus laying hands on illegal immigrants.

The BIN Boss assured Liberians and foreign nationals that the Bureau will provide a special training for personnel before the issuance of fire arms. This, she maintained, is aimed at ensuring that they execute their duties in keeping with local and conventional norms.

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