Senate Passes Acts to Restructure LNP, BIN

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first_imgThe plenary of the Liberian Senate on its last day sitting before the Easter break, unanimously voted and passed into law the restructured Liberia National Police (LNP) Act and the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Act of 2015, respectively.The two Acts were among several bills submitted last October and November to the Upper House by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for enactment into law, on the first day of the six weeks extended sitting expected from the suspension of their annual agriculture break which she requested of members of that body through a proclamation.In a letter accompanying the new Acts and read before plenary Thursday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veteran Affairs Stephen Zargo, informed his colleagues that members of his committee reached their decision urging for passage after initiating several public hearings with the full participation of current and past national security actors, civil society groups and representatives of the country’s foreign partners.“After various consultations and public hearings, I hereby present the final draft of the bill, the Liberia National Police Act and the Liberia Immigration Act, and therefore recommend to the honorable Senate the passage into law of these two most important national security bills,” Chairman Zargo noted in the brief letter.Proffering the motion for passage from his Gbarpolu County seat (as Vice President Joseph Boakai, President of the Senate presided), Pro Tempore Armah Jallah urged his colleagues to give the two Acts the third reading category which is the last gate before passage. His plea was granted unanimously.Members of the committee included Senators Morris Saytumah, Bomi; Jonathan Kaipay, Grand Bassa; Prince Y. Johnson, Nimba; Albert Chie, Grand Kru; Danile Naatehn, Gbarpolu; George Weah, Montserrado; H. Dan Morais, Maryland; Conmany Wesseh, River Gee; Francis Paye, Rivercess; Jewel Howard Taylor, Bong; J. Milton Teahjay, Sinoe, and Stephen A. Zargo, chairman.It may be recalled that in a letter dated October 30, 2015 addressed to Senators sitting in extended session, President Sirleaf informed the Legislature that the Liberia National Police (LNP) Act of 2015 puts into place the necessary legal framework of the establishment of the LNP as a semi-autonomous agency under the Ministry of Justice to be headed by an Inspector General of police. In keeping with the purpose of this new bill, President Sirleaf noted in her letter, “the LNP acting as an instrument of the state must provide an atmosphere of safety and security, protect lives and property and foster respect for human rights.” She asserted that it represents a significant milestone in the process leading to the UNMIL transition.President Sirleaf reminded the lawmakers that when signed into law, the Act will fulfill the commitment of the government to the United Nations Security Council towards a new police act approved prior to the September 2015 review of the UN Mission mandate in Liberia.With respect to the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Act of 2015, President Sirleaf in her letter said passage of the Act into law replaces the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization (BIN), which was established within the Ministry of Justice under Section 22.11, Sub-chapter (a), Chapter 22 of the Executive Laws; Chapter 12 of the Liberia Code of Law Revised; and Section 2.2 of the Alien Nationality Law of Liberia as amended is now repealed.The LIS Act of 2015 by passage shall now enforce all laws and regulations relating to immigration, citizenship, naturalization and related matters.In the Act submitted to the Senate, President Sirleaf emphasized that the LIS Act addresses policy issues that need to be in conformity with international standards. The issue of providing a clear heretical structure, decentralization of Liberia Immigration Service, respect for law, disciplined immigration officers, immigration officers or civilian personnel being subjected to civilian authority of a civilian complaint review commission, among others, were all cardinal points considered in this act, President Sirleaf noted.“Mr. Pro Tempore, in fulfillment of Liberia’s commitment to maintain a secure and stable country in the absence of UNMIL, and considering the improved governance and heretical structure outlined in the act, the LIS will iterate and transition into international surety standard in performance of its required immigration duties.”The passage of the two acts comes at a time when there are calls for the capitalization of the national security apparatus to avert any terrorist attack within the territorial confines of Liberia after the recent terrorist attack on a resort in neighboring La Cote d’Ivoire which left over a dozen killed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgJOE AT WORK: DEMONSTRATING RABBIT SKINNING SKILLS FOR SCOUTSA CO Donegal man who dedicates all his spare time to help others has tonight been named as Co Donegal Community Champion.Joe Boland will represent the county in the national competition organised by Calor.Following several weeks of intense nominating, the company have received entries from every corner of Donegal. And Lifford man Joe has been shortlisted as the Donegal nominee for the Community Champion initiative.Joe has been involved in Scouting for almost 20 years.Said the judges: “Everything he does is for the benefit of young scouts. In the past he has taken up roles on County, Provincial and National Boards but what he loves most is organising activities for scouts, including camps and challenge days.“Joe is not only a regular scout leader but also an avid Scout leader trainer and has trained hundreds and possibly thousands of leaders over many years, including at least 10 volunteer training courses this year alone.” Now donegaldaily.com is getting behind the Derry Journal photographer – and we need YOUR help to land him the national prize.The winner of the Calor Community Champion 2012 will receive €1,500 and a bursary of €7,500 to give to their nominated charity or local organisation.  Calor is even throwing in €500 for the person or organisation that nominated them.Voting is now open to each and every member of the public through the Calor Facebook page.To support your local hero, Joe Boland and play your part in helping him to be recognised as the first Calor Community Champion could not be easier, visit our Gallery of Nominees to see who is representing your county, read about the organisation they have selected to receive the prize and their ‘pitch’ for your vote atwww.facebook.com/calorireland.  The public will have until August 20th to vote for their favourite and the top four local champions and two wildcards will make it through to the final phase.Speaking at the shortlist announcement, Hector Ó hEochagáin, TV personality and head of the Judging Panel said: “We asked for nominations from every corner and boreen on the island and you have not disappointed! All of us on the judging panel have been heartened by the stories of unseen work going on across our local communities. “This initiative has been a platform to shed light on these truly deserving people, like Joe Boland here in Donegal.  We now have a gallery of what can only be described as real life community heroes.  Now it is time to see what each county is truly made of and who the best supporters are, so visit the Gallery of Nominees and get voting today!”Jennifer Fagan, Marketing Executive, Calor Gas said, “At Calor we have been overwhelmed by the quality of work going on across the country and the numbers of nominations which have been flooding in to us.  These people help to raise aspirations and create a feel-good factor within local communities.  Choosing the local champions has been a hard task, without them it is clear our communities would be much poorer places.  Calor wants every county to get behind their local champion and provide them with the reward and recognition they deserve.”The winner will be chosen by our Judging Panel led by TV and radio personality, Hector Ó hEochagáin, and including legendary GAA and sports broadcaster, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Jennifer Fagan from Calor.  The Calor Community Champion 2012 will be announced on September 4th. SCOUT’S HONOUR! DELIGHT AS JOE NAMED DONEGAL COMMUNITY CHAMPION 2012 was last modified: July 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SCOUT’S HONOUR! DELIGHT AS JOE NAMED DONEGAL COMMUNITY CHAMPION 2012last_img read more