The United Nations Mission in Liberia through the Special Representative of the Secretary General has decorated two contingents of the Nigerian Soldiers on mission here. Performing a ceremony recently at Star Based on Bushrod Island in Monrovia, SRSG Karin Landgren, said that the Nigerian Contingent serving with UNMIL has proved to be a strong and dedicated partner in Liberia’s development and made many contributions that have assisted tremendously in the betterment of the lives of the Liberian people.
“Today marks an important event for the 1,398 members of the Nibatt 34 and 35, who are assigned responsibilities in Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, Margibi and River Gee Counties, as well as in and around Monrovia. I would like to commend you for the escort duties and patrols, and for safeguarding critical government installations and UNMIL establishment,” Madam Landgren said.
She said that the Nigerian Contingent continues to strengthen security through cross border liaison and concurrent patrol with Sierra Leone authorities and along the border with Cote d’ Ivoire through operations. “In addition, your routine patrols in Bomi, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Kru counties helped to monitor cross border movements,” the UNMIL Chief said.
She then reminded the soldiers of the United Nations secretary general’s zero tolerance against sexual exploitation and abuse. She also reminded that Liberia is faced with the greatest threat since the civil war -Ebola, noting that UN family and international partners here are fully committed to supporting the government led response, including support for surveillance, contact tracing, medical expertise and material resources.
According to her, UNMIL recognized the contribution of the Nigerian troops to Liberia’s effort in containing the spread of the Ebola virus, sayin:, “The NIBATT 34 medical team was at the forefront of championing Ebola awareness.” Speaking on behalf of fellow soldiers, Contingent Commander for Nigeria, Col. OF Naflu, thanked the United Nations Family for the level of support received and recognition.
Col. Naflu also expressed his troops’ willingness in serving the Liberian people through peacekeeping, while assuring that they will continue to join hands with other partners in eradicating Ebola from Liberian soil and the entire West Africa.