Adama Barrow has stated that his government is fully committed to guarantee
security and maintaining law and order throughout the country.
The president was speaking during at ‘The State of our Nation,’ also known as the Legislative Year 2018.
“In the wake of the random attacks across the globe, the Counter Terrorism Unit will be re-organised and given new mandates for more effective preventive and counter operations. To promote transparency and meritocracy, an independent police council will be set up, and efforts to attract recruits with skills and competencies will be intensified to maintain a force of personnel with integrity and substantial potential,” he president highlighted.
He said to ascertain justice and fair play, government intends to establish an independent Police Complaints Commission, preferably to be presided over by an experienced former judge of the courts, to ensure that the fundamental human rights of residents of the country are respected.
However, the president said the reforms will extend to the Prison Department, where the design for the construction of a new modern prison is near completion. He added that the involvement of our vulnerable youth in crime, a new legal framework will be developed for the detention and management of juveniles in custody.
“As migration is a source of much concern and grief, my government has formulated a new migration policy to reinforce the Immigration Act, especially as regards cross-border movement,” he lamented.