The long awaited installation of Radio Communications Network in the Gbarnga Justice and Security Hub, covering Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties has now been completed and equipped with Kenwood communications equipment.
This marks a major breakthrough in the Expansion of the Communication Network in Gbarnga Hub region. A total of twenty eight (28 ) towers were installed and linked and are now commissioned to include 8 counties – Montserrado (Monrovia, Morris Farm, Careysburg and Ricks Institute); Grand Bassa (Two Tires and Buchanan Lube); Bomi (Tubmanburg); Bong (Belefuanai, Totota, Gbatala, Gbarnga and Weala); Grand Cape Mount (Robertsport and Bo Waterside); Margibi (Tower Hill and Kakata); Nimba (Ganta, Saclapea, Kpein, Sanniquellie, Graei, Tapeta and Yekepa) and Lofa (Gorllue, Zorzor, Ben Howard, Voinjama and Lawa).
A trunked repeater radio network has been installed, programmed and commissioned. It is expected to enhance communication for the security sector to include the Liberian National Police, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, the Bureau of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Executive Protection Services, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Security Agency.
The projectinitially started in 2012 and estimated at US$858,513.24with equipment and fees funded under the UN Peace Building Fund and managed by the UNDP to enhance communication and coordination amongst security agencies in Liberia.
It was implemented by Global Communications, a South African based Company. In a hand-over ceremony held at the Ministry of Justice recently, the Acting Minister for Justice Cllr. Wheatonia DixonBarnes described the project as a major milestone in the Government’s quest to strengthen the operational capacity of security agencies.
The Deputy Inspector General for Administration at the LNP, Mr.William Mulbah was excited by the breakthrough, terming it the ‘best project’ he had witnessed so far. “Communication is the “lifeline of any law enforcement agency”, intimated Mr. Mulbah. He said the project will enable police officers in the eight counties to communicate with each other through their hand-held radios.
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN)Counselor Lemuel Reeves equally welcomed the initiative and expressed appreciation to the Government and UNDP for the support.
According to UNDP, which supported the project, the installation of the radio network in the eight counties is a major benchmark in the Government Plan for UNMIL transition in which the Government of Liberia is expected to assume full responsibility of security.
Improving communication amongst law enforcement agencies has the immediate benefits in intelligence sharing and better tracking and monitoring of crime and other threats to security and rule of law.
Law enforcement personnel on the beat will, in particular, be able to communicate better and thus coordinate their work of maintaining law and order across the counties and especially in the leeward counties marked with an inadequate police presence as well as other logistics such as vehicles, motor bikes, etc.
The close of the UNDP supported project also marks the beginning of a major countrywide expansion project supported by the US Government which is intended to upgrade the existing Radio Communications Network in preparation for a country wide communications system.
Part of the upgrade would result in the replacement of Feeder Cables and replacing IP Radios to a PDH Microwave System.-Press releas