Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 August 2008

Liberia / UN Envoy commends Nigeria’s commitment to Liberia’s stability


Liberia /
UN Envoy commends Nigeria’s commitment to Liberia’s stability


MONROVIA, Liberia, August 16, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Envoy in Liberia, Ellen Margrethe Løj has commended the contribution of Nigeria to the restoration of peace and stability in Liberia, describing Nigeria as a “committed ally of the UN in the organization’s efforts to bring peace and security to the troubled spots of the world.” Decorating 119 members of the Nigerian Formed Police Unit (FPU) with the UN Peacekeeping Medal in the Liberian central city of Gbarnga, Ms. Løj noted that Nigeria had, since 1960, contributed both military and police personnel to more than 20 UN peacekeeping operations.


“Here in Liberia, I am confident that your sacrifices and contributions will never be forgotten by Liberians,” she pointed out, adding that the presence of the Nigerian FPU and other UN police officers in the counties was very important for the full restoration of the rule of law in Liberia. Ms. Løj told members of the Nigerian FPU that they were in a unique position to showcase the best of the UN, and urged them to discharge their duties with professionalism, exhibiting the sterling qualities of democratic policing, and core values of the UN.


“You interact closely, and on daily basis, with the public. You often find yourself ‘cheek and jaw’ with the population in dealing with difficult situations. The way you deal with these situations will show a good example to our Liberian colleagues, in particular, the Liberia National Police (LNP).”


The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) was happy to learn that there are 47 women in the 119-Nigerian FPU contingent, and urged female members of the contingent to “demonstrate to Liberians that police tasks are both for men and women.” SRSG Løj praised the Nigerian police officers for the effective manner they always teamed up with their Liberian counterparts and the Bangladeshi troops to swiftly diffuse potentially difficult situations, noting that “Gbarnga, the main base of the Nigerian FPU, is a very sensitive area and they have had their hands full.”


The head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) once again used the occasion to remind UNMIL military and civilian peacekeepers to respect the people and communities they serve. In keeping with the Secretary-General’s Zero-Tolerance policy, they should refrain from activities that will tarnish their own image and that of the UN. The Nigerian FPU Contingent Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogboji pledged the continued commitment of his contingent to ensuring that UNMIL achieves its mandate in Liberia.


Among the dignitaries present at the ceremony were, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Rule of Law, Ms. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu, UN Police Commissioner, Mr. Henrik Stiernblad, Nigerian Ambassador in Liberia, Ebenezer Ayo Adigun, Deputy Inspector-General of the Nigerian Police, Mr. Yusuf Haruna, Sector I Commander, Brigadier-General E.O. Olofin, Sector III Commander, Brigadier-General Jalaluddin Mohammed Akbar, Acting UNPOL Chief of Staff, Assistant Commissioner of Police Jonathan Yakubu and Bong County Superintendent, Mr. Ranney Jackson.




SOURCE : Mission of UN in Liberia


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