By Garmonyou Wilson
In the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL’s) drawdown come June 2016 ,the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN)has carried out a self-assessment activity over the weekend to re-shape the institution and prepare it for taking over security throughout the country.
Speaking at the start of a two-day Self-Assessment and Agenda Setting Retreat at the Bentol Administrative Building in Bensonville City, BIN Commissioner, Lemuel Reeves said that the assessment is very important for the Bureau. He called on the participants from the Bureau to be frank and honest while dissecting the challenges and achievements of the institution.
Commissioner Reeves said that the self-assessment would help the Bureau deliver more to the Liberian people as issues that deal with transparency, accountability among others would be discussed to create a more efficient Bureau.
He further told participants from the Bureau that come June 2016, the security of the country would fall solely on the country, therefore it is prudent that all security agencies be prepared for the task.
The Acting Minister of Justice, Wheatonia Dixon Barnes during the retreat said that the idea of the retreat is for the Bureau to be able to think about the advancement of the entity. She said that this would be achieved through the self-analysis, which the participants gathered for.
He added that self-assessment is to increase one’s strength and to address gaps to increase those strengths.She called for the participants to integrity in the process and emphasized the importance of security reform.
For his part the Commissioner for the United Nations Police (UNPOL), Gregory Hinds said that UNPOL has been assigned with BIN, but now it was time for the Bureau to do it on its own.
Commissioner Hinds said that it was BIN’s responsibility to discuss and identify strengthens and weaknesses. He stated further that an effective internal support must be demand-driven.
Also speaking at the start of the BIN retreat the Senior Political Officer of the African Union Liaison Office in Liberia, Prosper NiiNorteyAddo said there are many cross border concerns that the retreat should look at. He also emphasized the importance associated assessing the Bureau to be better able to take control of the country’s borders, land, sea and air.