The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Sunday handed over a newly constructed police station in Dhobley town funded by the Danish government to Jubaland State as part of its mandate to boost security in line with the Somalia Transition Plan.
Funded under the AMISOM Quick Impacts project, which seeks to improve security through community policing in a town such as Dhobley, which over the years has expanded with a burgeoning population. The facility will also provide space for Jubaland police mentorship programs in Dhobley and surrounding areas by AMISOM police component, which trains and mentors Somali Police Force.
AMISOM Sector 2 commander Brigadier Paul Njema presided over the handing over ceremony, which was attended by AMISOM Police and Jubaland administrative and police officials in Dhobley. Brig. Njema, spoke on behalf of the Special Representative of the African Union Commission Chairperson for Somalia, (SRCC), Ambassador Francisco Madeira
“We want to say, Dhobley continues to be secure, it has grown to a very big town and off course when towns grow they come with challenges and these challenges is what we are trying to address part of it being this station and the others because if you go round to town there are other basic infrastructure that need to be put in place to ensure that the community here in Dhobley are secure and they are safe,” Brig. Njema said.
Dhobley District Administration Siyad Mohamed Hassan praised AMISOM for their selfless efforts in supporting the Somali people and mentoring and training the Somalia Police Force. He promised Dhobley residents would work closely with the police in order to make use of the new police station.
“The police was in need of such a facility to help better serve the community and we are really grateful to our AMISOM brothers and we promise to make use of the facility,” Administrator Hassan said.