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Justice Ministry welcomes reform in LIS

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A proxy of Justice Minister Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Madam Massa Jallabah says the reforming and restructuring within the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) is important because it leads to a greater capacity and integrity within the entity.

Speaking recently, Madam Jallabah indicated that strengthening any security entity and its workforce is important for the growth and development of that institution, especially in the immigration service of Liberia.

According to Madam Jallabah, in order to enforce the mandate as immigration officers, LIS personnel must be disciplined in their various capacities and realize that they are the first point of contact of entry within the Country.

She adds that a breakdown in the rule of law gives rise to high crimes rate, lawlessness and a general decline of individual security, safety and the internal security of the state.

According to her, without an adequate level of law enforcement, it is impossible to achieve sustainable peace and security or to reinforce the rule of law.

Madam Jallabah explains further that to recognize diligent and hardworking officers, the Liberia Immigration Service Act of 2016 was passed and made provisions for creation of the Policy Management Board and look forward to the activities shaping the challenges faced by immigration officers.

For his part, the Acting Commissioner General and Chair of the Policy Management Board, Moses Yebleh, giving a historical background of the LIS says the institution is an agency of the Liberian government created in 1955 through legislation tasked with the enforcement of aliens and national law.

The Acting Commissioner General informs citizens that the Liberia Immigration Service Act of 2016 was passed by former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf into law, replacing the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) which was established within the Ministry of Justice under Section 22.11, Sub-chapter (a), and Chapter 22 of the Executive Laws of Liberia.

Commissioner Yebleh further says the reform process of the service is to improve the institution in the sense of better incentive for officers.
At the same time, he observes that salaries of rank bearing officers in the LIS cannot commensurate with their work, urging the need to pay officers according to their ranks.By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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