Lofa County Representative, Moses Kollie
Plans Underway To Erect Police Dormitories Across Liberia
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, Feb 25 (LINA) - The Joint Committee on National Security and Judiciary of the House of Representatives, has disclosed that plans are underway to erect dormitories and more barracks for the Liberia National Police (LNP) across the country.
The disclosure was contained in the Committee’s report submitted to the Plenary of the House of Representatives Tuesday, following a two-week closed-door hearing with authorities of the LNP and Ministry of Justice, as well as National Security Advisor, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the hearing was triggered by a complaint filed to Plenary by Lofa County Representative Moses Kollie about the shortage of police officers in the leeward counties, particularly Lofa.
The House Joint Committee in the report said the Security Advisor told the hearing that efforts are underway to erect at least one dormitory in each of the 15 sub-political divisions of Liberia, before the end of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s term.
According to the report, security authorities attributed the shortage of police officers in rural Liberia to budgetary constraints, as the budget of the police was sliced by the National Budget Committee, without their input, before it even landed at the Legislature.
They indicated that the situation has occasioned lack of vehicles, uniforms, batons and other essentials for the police.
In the report, the House’s Joint Committee also revealed that the security authorities stressed that the strength of the police must be beefed up to at least 8,000, before the final draw down of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The report also pointed out that it requires increased budgetary support to ensure the deployment of more police officers throughout the country.