-Strengthen Security Network and Communication…
By: Steve P. Jackson
The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Justice Project Implementation Unit (PIU), has established the Center of Excellence with the overall responsibility to manage the communication network and ensure its sustainability through a timely and effective response mechanisms to breach the communication gap and problems currently faced by the security sector.
The Center of Excellence was established as a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Government of Liberia and the Government of the United States of America for the upgrading of the communication network of Liberia. The Center should enhance effective communication and adequately robust to alleviate some of the difficulties in responding to emerging national issues.
Under the MOU, the Government of Liberia (GoL) committed itself to the establishment and operation of a Network technical Center that will be responsible for the sustainability of the upgraded communication network; while the United States Government has fulfilled its obligations under the MOU.
Accordingly, a new digital communication network system was launched to replace the manual system. The network infrastructure was also expanded and decentralized, replacing the heavily concentrated Monrovia-based system. The upgraded system has increased communication traffic, reduced interruption and enhanced the free flow of information among the security agencies.
According to the Ministry of Justice, the US Government has committed itself to expanding the project to several leeward counties.
The Justice Ministry says the project is also aim at building the capacity of national actors to manage the communication network system and establish the foundation for an effective and robust communication infrastructures and network system in the Country.
The project which is headed by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the Ministry of Justice is divided into three (3) phases, strategically planned to be completed sequentially to ensure full coverage of Liberia’s fifteen counties. The three are as follows:
(a) Upgrading the current system and establishment of a Center of Excellence
(b) Expansion of Infrastructure Network to the southeastern counties
(c) Completion of the Infrastructures Network in northwestern Liberia.
In related development, the GOL, under the UNMIL draw-down Project, has procured communication equipment comprising mobile phones, hand-sets, base radios; and the PIU earlier procured 52 SUSUKI motorbikes for the Liberia National Police’s (LNP) to increase patrol and effectively respond to reports of crimes and other unlawful actions in communities.
On the same token, two new Nissan Patrol Jeeps were procured for use by the Executive Protection Service (EPS) to facilitate VIP protection services.