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WFP hands over logistics to govt.

The World Food Programme has handed over logistics, infrastructure and assets to the Government of Liberia to boost healthcare delivery here. The WFP Tuesday, 28 June turned over five trucks, five light vehicles and 25 laptop computers and promised to turn over medical supplies under its custody to Ministry of Health.

Speaking Tuesday during the handover ceremony in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, WFP County Director Sory Ouane said after Liberia was declared Ebola freed in January 2016, the UN food agency with the aim to help strengthen government’s logistics capacity, devised a special operation to transfer the logistics supply chain assets and skills developed during the Ebola response.

He said the assets presented to the government include logistics hub at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium in Paynesville which has been relocated to the ELWA site, and forwarded logistic hubs in five counties as well as established mobile storage unites in all 15 counties with the first handover at the Roberts International Airport or RIA on April 18, 2016, specifically to the Liberia Airport Authority, which kicked off the gradual transitional handover effort.

He said WFP also successfully completed capacity strengthening on supply chain management through on-the-job and indoor training for 25 government staffs from the General Services Agency or GSA in September 2015.

Receiving the items on behalf of the government, Deputy GSA Director for Administration, Cole Bangale thanked the WFP family for the assets, and assured they will be used for the right purpose. For his part, the head of ECO/ IMS Tolbert Nyenswah said WFP did a lot for them during the Ebola period and thanked the agency for all the help it has provided to the Government of Liberia to boost the health sector.

Mr. Nyenswah warned motorcyclists in the habit of using PPEs or Personal Protective Equipment as rain coats to immediately desist or risk arrest.

By Bridgett Milton -Editing by Jonathan Browne

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