AMISOM Police is constructing a new police station in Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubbaland state, to bring policing services closer to the people.
The new structure is being constructed in Dalhiska, in Kismayo’s Farjana district, and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
“We identified this police station for construction two years ago and we have lived to this promise,” Ernest Martin Abilu, the AMISOM Police Coordinating Officer for Jubbaland state, said during the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone.
The function, held on Wednesday, was also attended by Jubbaland Police Commissioner Ahmednasir Guled Hassan and the Mayor of Kismayo, Mohamed Ibrahim Yusuf, among other Jubbaland officials.
Mr. Abilu noted that the commencement of construction of the police station, funded by the police component of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), follows the completion of the tendering process, which culminated in the awarding of the contract to a local company.
Mr. Abilu urged the residents to put the facility into good use, saying the police station will help improve security in the area.
“We wish to see this police station put to the best use, to serve the people and give them security. To look after them and make their lives easier, including the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons),” Mr. Abilu stated.
AMISOM Police has been constructing new police stations and renovating others in Mogadishu and the federal states as part of its capacity building efforts aimed at strengthening the Somali Police Force (SPF) to enable it discharge its duties of maintaining law and order effectively.
Mr. Hassan noted that the new police station in Dalhiska will bolster security in the area, which has a big population of displaced people.
“This police station will help us improve the security of the area, where a lot of internally displaced people reside,” the Jubbaland Police Commissioner stated.
The Mayor of Kismayo, who is also the District Commissioner, appealed to the public to donate land, for community projects such as the construction of police stations, schools and hospitals.