CDC, IOM Train Bureau Of Immigration Officers
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have begun training 25 officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization in Intense Border Screening.
The training is intended to intensify the screening process of people coming into Liberia, especially from Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone.
Speaking over the weekend at the start of the joint Training of Trainers workshop in Monrovia, BIN Commissioner Cllr.Lemuel Reeves admonished his officers to make use of the training.
He said the training is intended to protect Liberia’s borders against the recurrence of Ebola and other infectious diseases.
“They are building your capacity so that you can be able to also train your colleagues assigned at the different border points across the country because you are the ones that will be taking over the security of Liberia when our partners leave,” the BIN boss said.
For his part, CDC’s Senior Advisor Philip Talboy said the training of BIN officers is important because they are the first line agents at the borders so they need to be prepared to ensure that people are properly screened before entering the country.
Talboy assured officials of the BIN that CDC will also carry out follow-up training for the officers.
In remark, IOM Project Manager Lind Andrew said the training is important because it will keep cases of the virus from reaching the population.