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AMISOM hands over newly refurbished police station to police authorities in Somalia’s Jubbaland state

Kismaayo, 09 May 2017 – A newly refurbished police station was handed over to Jubbaland authorities in Kismaayo, the administrative capital of the Jubbaland state, on Monday, by the Police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), as part of the AU Mission’s support, to policing and maintenance of law and order in Somalia.

The fully equipped police station, handed over to the Jubbaland Police Commissioner Mr. Ahmed Nasir Guleed, at a ceremony attended by senior AMISOM officials, is expected to boost the rule of law in the state.

“AMISOM has done a lot to the Somali people and this is just one of the projects they have undertaken,” Mr. Ahmed Nasir Guleed, the Jubbaland Police Commissioner told guests at the handover ceremony.

“What you have done is tangible. We can confidently say that you have met your objectives and hope that you will continue to support us in the future,” he added.

“It is a clear indication that AMISOM police is committed to assisting the Jubbaland state of Somalia police forces, to enhance their capacity to be able to deliver policing services,” Francis Ayitey, the AMISOM Police Training and Development Coordinator said.

He explained that the facility would provide the necessary enabling environment for residents to go about their normal duties, without fear or intimidation.

The completion of the project fulfils one of AMISOM’s key aims, which is to provide the Somali Police with essential infrastructure, needed to enable its forces execute its duties professionally.

“We want to reiterate our commitment to assisting the Somali people to come up on their feet, towards building peace in this country,” Dr. Opiyo Ododa, AMISOM’s Head of Stabilization and Early Recovery reiterated.

Mr. Adan Yussuf, the Director General of Jubbaland’s Ministry of Security, appealed to Jubbaland residents to collaborate with the administration, by pulling forces together, to rebuild the state’s facilities such as police stations.

“Our priority is to be self sustaining. Refurbish our police stations, enhance our security and rely on ourselves for security, because AMISOM will not be here forever,” he emphasized.

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