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The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization or BIN Cllr. Lemuel E.A. Reeves has urged newly recruited officers of the Bureau and National Fire Service or NFS to put their country first in the line of duty.

He says” the essence of putting your country first is to create the platform for a professional force that will uphold the security of the state upon UNMIL departure. Speaking during a joint graduation ceremony of personnel of the Bureau of Immigration and Fire Service over the weekend at Camp Biago Training Academy in Sinje Town Garwula District Grand Cape Mount County, Commissioner Reeves told the graduates to rethink their decisions if they think joining the security force is to make money.

“…because we don’t have money to pay you. Your job is a sacrificial job to this country. It is only in the market where people can get enough money, so please accept that,” Reeves added. He warned the graduates to do away with the perception with which many young men and women join the security sector after they failed to gain employment in other sectors-that is to attract huge salaries adding, the job is a sacrificial one.

“Let me make this clear to our newly recruited officers that once you have entered into this force, there is a need to give your effort especially those of you guys that will be assigned at various borders- you must dedicate your life for the safety of the Liberian people,” he added.

For his part, the Commandant at the Camp Biago Training Academy, Col. Patrick Larmouth thanked the government and its partners for the support they received during the training process. He, however, disclosed some of the challenges which the recruits faced during the three months of training saying, there were snakes, and all kinds of dangerous animal sleeping among them at the academy.

The Director of the NFS, Mr. G. Warsuwah Barvoul also making a remark at the ceremony explained the aims of the NFS saying, it is to be one of the well organized and leading public service agency in the country.

He said the NFS is not a market place where people can sell and earn more money but rather it is a sacrificial job which involves sacrificing lives to safe others in times of fire disasters.

By Lewis S. Teh – Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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