The construction of a new police station has commenced at Kismayo Seaport, in Jubaland State, which is expected to provide Somali Police Force (SPF) officers with ample office space and added operational capability to enhance security within the seaport area.
Supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the construction was launched on Monday 16th August 2021 at a groundbreaking ceremony presided over by the AMISOM Police Deputy Reforms Restructuring and Development Coordinator, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alex Ndili, and attended by Jubbaland Minister of Security, Yussuf Hussein Dhumal.
Minister Dhumal joined SSP Ndili to inspect the site, laying the first brick and handing over the construction site to contractors.
At the function, SSP Ndili also launched the drilling of a water well and installation of solar panels at Dalhiska Police Station, also in Kismayo, as part of AMISOM Police’s mandate to build the capacity of the SPF.
SSP Ndili called upon the SPF to work in close collaboration with AMISOM Police to ensure the smooth completion of the projects.
Jubbaland security minister Dhumal said the newly-launched projects will be of great help to policing work in Jubbaland, and called on contractors implementing the work to strive for excellence.
“We request the contractors tasked with executing the projects to use quality materials and standards, and also request the leadership of Jubbaland police to inspect the projects regularly so that they are on time and within budget. We thank AMISOM for these projects, and we hope that Jubbaland police will make good use of them,” said minister Dhumal.
Over the years, AMISOM Police have constructed a number of police stations across Somalia, furnished them and donated office equipment including computers, as part of its mandate to build the capacity of Somali Police Force. The three projects launched on Monday in Kismayo are a continuation of this initiative.