BIN Urged to be Accountable, Transparent

first_imgThe Deputy Justice Minister for Administration and Public Affairs, Madam Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, last Friday admonished that as Liberia prepares to take over national security from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), security institutions should critically look at accountability and transparency if they are seriously assessing their agenda for the transition. “Self-assessment of every security institution should take into consideration transparency and accountability, promotion of good governance, human rights and respect for rule of law,” Cllr. Barnes declared.Addressing a two-day retreat in Bensonville, organized by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Cllr. Barnes advised participants to use the retreat to develop a roadmap to help them address the gaps and challenges in the security sector which will be dealing with the issues of naturalization, immigration and cross border crimes.According to Cllr. Barnes, self assessment is about self-examination and identifying strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and trust of their institution. “You have to use this opportunity to complete a thorough analysis of yourselves and the BIN, particularly in the face of the UNMIL withdrawal and transition,” she said, adding, “Security sector reform is one of the critical areas of peace and nation building, especially in a post-war country like Liberia.”  Earlier, BIN Commission Col. Lemuel E.A. Reeves told his officers that “a few months from now UNMIL will leave our country and security will be in our hands and those of other national security actors. We must be able to take up the mantle to perform as credibly as the Liberian people deserve.”  “We should be looking at integrity, accountability and capacity building during these two days and we need to put aside our differences to make a very great impact for the future of the institution, ourselves and our country,” Col. Reeves said.  For his part, the head of the United Nations Police in Liberia (UNPOL), Gregory J. Hinds, said, “It is time for government to come out with a complete plan and benchmark that will encourage the international community to  fully support our transitional plan,  before  UNMIL’s withdrawal on June 30, 2016.”  “You need to do it, so that you may assume responsibility, development and implementation of your  transitional plan, which should  include BIN and other security agencies that are responsible for border migration management, to make them more effective and efficient to contribute meaningfully to the future of the country,” the UNPOL boss suggested.  Admonishing the participants, Hinds in a very soft tone told the BIN officers, “I urge you to remain an effective, efficient and reliable immigration service. It is your responsibility to discuss honestly your strengths, weaknesses and also think on what steps are needed for the BIN’s sustainability.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgPhoto : Chairman of Letterkenny Rugby Club, Denis Faulkner & Marty Boylan, Letterkenny Rugby Club Vice President.Letterkenny Rugby Club has received great news after they were awarded an increase in International Rugby Club tickets.They were delighted that the Ulster Rugby Branch acknowledged and awarded this very generous increase in tickets to the club for their progress and ongoing development of the club across all levels.Speaking on behalf of the club, chairman Denis Faulkner said the club have been very fortunate and grateful to the Ulster Rugby Branch for their generous allocation of International Tickets this year to the club. “It is great for all of us, our main sponsor Brendan Kelly of Kelly’s Toyota and all our club sponsors and members that we are seen to be always progressing and developing, this has a significantly positive effect on our club and the local rugby community as a whole”.“Next Wednesday evening December 2nd we will have an International Booking evening from 7-9pm at the club house. The ticket allocation has to be a fair allocation and will be on a first come first served basis. We will also hold our annual registration for membership on the evening, so we hope that everyone will come along and it is also a great chance to catch up & meet other club members”, says Denis.The ticket allocation will be for the following games – Ireland v Italy 12th March 2016, Ireland v Scotland 19th of March and Ireland v Wales 7th of February. Letterkenny Rugby Club in association with main sponsors Kelly’s Toyota, Port Rd., Letterkenny.Photo : Chairman of Letterkenny Rugby Club, Denis Faulkner & Marty Boylan, Letterkenny Rugby Club Vice President. LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB IS JUST THE TICKET! was last modified: November 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBticket allocationlast_img read more