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_imgScience, Business, Childcare, Nursing, Engineering and more, it’s all going on at the Careers Fair at LYIT next Monday. All Welcome. Catherine Lyster Careers Officer with Billy Bennett Registrar.The Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair at Letterkenny Institute of Technology will be held on Monday, 20 October from 12 noon to 3 pm in An Dánlann sports hall and admission is free. Careers Officer at LYIT Catherine Lyster said this year is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever.“We’re definitely seeing an uplift in the numbers of employers in general but particularly from the construction, engineering, renewable energy, food, medical and agriculture sectors. We’re delighted to have the highest number of exhibitors ever, representing many different industries.” So who should attend? “ Anyone who wishes to find out about job opportunities and explore postgraduate study options but also those considering a career change or would like some advice on new directions,” suggests Catherine.“A large number of national and local employers as well as, other colleges and voluntary organisations will be there. Well known companies like, Price Waterhouse, Eason’s, Lidl , Ernst & Young are coming along and Washington Ireland who are looking for interns for the US. It’s a wonderful chance to talk directly to potential employers, regardless whether you’ve recently graduated or not.”A big component of the Careers Fair is the many free seminars and advice on securing employment or considering a career change.According to Catherine, “We’ve listened to feedback and extended the seminars to include, topics like career choices in Engineering/Accountancy, teaching in the UK or presenting yourself on Linked In. We will also be running the popular CV clinic with a panel of 5 experts where people can bring their CVs on the day and get free one-to-one guidance. Of course, we’ll have the Jobs Wall with current jobs listed.” Over 50 local and national organisations will be present from the IT, Food, Business, Green Energy and Science sectors. Some well- known companies taking part includes: Pramerica, Allstate Northern Ireland, United Health, Zeus and specialist recruitment agencies. Smaller businesses looking to recruit top quality staff for permanent, temporary and part-time opportunities such as, Sendmode mobile marketing in Letterkenny are exhibiting. For those thinking about setting up a business, economic development agencies will also be there to answer questions.A number of representatives from prominent universities and colleges throughout Ireland will be attending which offer advice on their range of postgraduate study options. In addition to full-time study, many courses can now be completed on a part-time or distance learning basis. Universities taking part include Queens, University of Ulster, Open University, many other universities from the UK and Ireland.Professional associations who are exhibiting include Engineers Ireland, the Accountancy bodies in Ireland, Donegal Childcare and Nursing Careers, as well as voluntary organisations such as The Donegal Volunteer Centre. Voluntary work is a useful way for job seekers to develop valuable skills.The free seminars running in the Clubs and Societies Room, An Danlann on offer are: Careers in Teaching find out the latest on applying to postgrad courses, Careers in Engineering, Careers in Accountancy (Lecture Hall CoLab); Using Linked In for your job search 12 – 12.45 pm: How to write a winning CV 1 – 1.45pm: Dress to Impress for your Career 2 – 3.15pm: An Overview of the Washington Irish Programme – 3.30 – 4.15pm.Seminars are on a first-come first-served basis. If you’d like to attend, please register with Brenda Hamilton, brenda.hamilton@lyit.ie, or call 074 9186855.The Careers and Postgraduate Studies Fair will be held at LYIT on Monday, 20 October, in An Dánlann sports hall, from 12 noon to 3 pm. Don’t miss it. LYIT TO HOST BIGGEST EVER CAREERS AND POSTGRADUATE FAIR was last modified: October 14th, 2014 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:CAREERS AND POSTGRADUATE FAIRLYITlast_img read more