The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization or (BIN) Col. Lemuel Reeves, has disclosed that about 700 BIN officers are to be retired from active service. Col. Reeves said many officers in the force have overstayed at the BIN, so it was time that they should be honorably retired after serving the State.
The BIN Commissioner said the retirement plan for the long-serving officers is in line with policy from the Civil Service Agency or (CSA) which calls for the retirement of public officials, who have served for over 35 years at any governmental agencies or entities.
Speaking Tuesday, 25 November at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism daily press briefing, Commissioner Reeves said there is a need for people, who have stayed a longer time at the Bureau of Immigration to give way to young and promising Liberians with good education backgrounds to join the service and protect the borders of Liberia.
He said those to be retired would not be automatically abandoned, but place on the government pension scheme, adding, “you can’t retire people without giving them a package or other benefits that will sustain their families.”
At the same time Commissioner Reeves said plans are underway to train 150 new officers to boost the strength of personnel deployed at the various borders. He added that the BIN has identified 176 crossing points across the country where aliens used to enter the country, explaining that the Bureau has plan to construct a training academy for its officers.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Reeves has frowned at BIN officers at the borders, who compromise their duties, warning that any officer caught in such act will be penalized in line with the code of conduct. “Any officer, who will be caught in the act of compromising illegal entry of Aliens into the country will be drastically dealt with in accordance with the Law”, the BIN boss warned.