Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Nigerian police contingent in Somalia were adjudged most excellent in peace support operations by the United Nations.
Director of the UN Support Office for the African Mission in Somalia
(UNSOA), Amadu Camara weekend led UN and AU officials to Inspector
General of Police Mohammed Abubakar and the Peacekeeping Training Centre
at Force headquarters, Abuja.
"We are here to express our appreciation to the Nigerian authorities
for the support towards ensuring that peace returns to Somalia and it is
returned from the status of a failed state to a normal member of the
comity of nations. We have seen the very professional and updated way
you do your deployments. Those in Somalia are doing very well and making
the mandate of the mission realizable," he said.
He said the UN was also impressed with the provision of the necessary
requirements including communication equipment, armored personnel
carriers, accommodation, and other logistics for the Police Formed Units
in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Haiti, South-Sudan and Darfur.
The IG said Nigeria's participation in international peacekeeping
operations, especially the African continent, was aimed at ensuring the
world is made safe for mankind.
"It is in line with this resolve that our president, Goodluck
Jonathan has continued to give us immense support to meet the
expectations on us. So at all times, we try to ensure Nigeria takes the
lead in Africa. We make sure that every of our officer that leaves this
country for mission operation is physically, medically and
professionally prepared for the task. We pay them three months
allowances in advance, provide the six months feeding allowances to
ensure that they remain disciplined and don't allow bad influences while
doing the job," the IG said.