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LIS Pushes For Additional $2m In Its Budget

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By Elbie Sebleh

MONROVIA: The Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) has decried low budgetary support to it by the Government of Liberia, which is causing obstacles in its operations across the country.
At a press conference held the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), on Tuesday July 2, 2024, LIS Commissioner, Steve Zargo, made the disclosure.
Zargo narrated that LIS is incapacitated and understaffed.

He added that with the availability of the additional two million dollars LIS is seeking, there will be sophistication, recruitment of more immigration officers and training of LIS officers among others.

He also pointed out that without addressing these crucial challenges, LIS may find it difficult in the implementation of its statutory duties.

The commissioner emphasized the importance of using drones to capture images, and movements in the air at at least, forty-six active border points of Liberia.

He added that with the operations of drones in the air flying to record activities at the borders, there will be a robust monitoring and smooth operation of border protection officers.

For his part, Nyumahtosa Dickson Tamba, Deputy Commissioner for LIS said that the illegal border entries in the county is a serious national concern.

According to him, out of 176 border points, only 46 are being protracted while 130 border points are being used by unscrupulous individuals to bring illegal items to Liberia.

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