April 21, 2011 ·13 Comments
HARGEISA –The UK based international humanitarian mine-clearance charity group ‘The Halo Trust’ officially presented the keys for a newly rehabilitated police armoury to the Deputy Chief of Somaliland Police, Mr Col. Abdir-Rahman Liban Ahmed, during an official ceremony to mark the completion of the armoury. The ceremony was held in the Special Police Unit (SPU) headquarters in Hargeisa on Tuesday (19/04/11).
Those attending the handover ceremony were Mr Col. Sandy Wade who is the British Military Attaché at the UK embassy in Addis Ababa, the commander of SPU Mr Abdi Ahmed, Mr. Ahmed Ali Maah from Somaliland Mine Action Centre, Mr Dahir Muse Abraar the chief of Somaliland CID and other high ranking officials from Somaliland government and police authorities.
Funds for the newly rehabilitated police armouries, a special repository purpose built buildings which will store armaments and munitions used by the Somaliland police, was provided by The HALO Trust as part of its policy to support the government of Somaliland sustain its current stability and peace despite the overwhelming volatile nature of the region.
The newly rehabilitated armoury building was opened by the country’s deputy chief of police, Col. Abdi-Rahman Ahmed who said, during the opening of the armoury that “the biggest problem faced by his force was the safe storage and handling of its firearms and munitions…..“ and stressed that his force was most fortunate to have Halo Trust working in the country.
Col. Ahmed thanked Halo Trust for the completion of the armoury building and for training his officers on the control and management procedures for the repository and also thanked the British government for its assistance in providing the funds needed to rehabilitate the country’s police armouries.
Mohamed Ahmed Warsame, a senior Halo Trust manager, flanking the deputy chief of police during ‘the cutting of the ribbon ceremony’ of the newly rehabilitated armoury building said, “Halo Trust would like to personally thank the deputy chief for taking the honour of opening the armoury,” and thanked everyone for attending the ceremony,
Warsame, furthermore added that, “this project of armoury rehabilitation is an expression of Halo Trust’s current work of mine-clearance in Somaliland and that Halo Trust is not deviating from its core commitment of getting mines out of the ground in Somaliland and will continue to run its mine-clearance program in Somaliland as it has done since 1999.”
According to the Halo Trust Somaliland programme manager, Mr Roly Clark, Halo Trust has completed the rehabilitation of the SPU armaments storage facility at the SPU Hargeisa command centre and said, “His organisation plans to complete the second armoury by the end of the month (April) which is located at Somaliland’s CID headquarters in Hargeisa. The two armouries will each house a capacity to hold 1,100 rifles and several hundred handguns + munitions in a safe and a secure environment.”
Clark also pointed out that “the buildings are fitted with thick metal vault ‘safe-deposit’ type doors and reinforced concrete walls and roof. The rooms contain special walled-shelving units and gun-racks fitted on the floor for holding large and small firearms along with special rooms for storing munitions in large metal walled cabinet units and steel chest boxes fixed on the floor.
In addition, Halo Trust has been providing various training courses for SPU police officers on the management of armoury control procedures and the safe handling of firearms and munitions,” Clark told journalists at the ceremony.