Remarks by INL Director Rosalyn Wiese Tent Donation Ceremony

NPF Police Headquarters Borno, Maiduguri, Borno, Nigeria

(as delivered)

Good morning, AIG Jibrin, SEMA Executive Chairman Satomi, Commissioner of Police Chukwu and all NPF Officers and staff.  All other protocols observed.  Thank you all for joining us today. Significant progress has been made in the fight against Boko Haram, thanks to many of you, and we applaud the Nigerian security forces for working to ensure the people of Nigeria are safe and secure in their homes. The United States is partnering with the Government of Nigeria to support efforts to deploy additional civilian security, particularly police, to northeast Nigeria.

We understand there are many areas that were ravaged by Boko Haram and many government buildings including police stations and barracks are still being rebuilt.  We applaud Borno State and the Federal Government for prioritizing reconstruction and increasing police presence in the areas that have been returned to government control. In these areas, it is crucial that there be a successful transition to community-oriented policing, that focuses on working closely with all members of the community to build trust, establish relationships, and improve communication.  Police officers will need to  to work with community leaders to provide a secure environment where citizens have access to all of the basic services to which they are entitled.

We are also working with the NPF to improve training and equipment for police in the northeast. As one part of this program, we aim  to ensure that human rights and gender sensitive training is provided to police elements who will be interacting with vulnerable populations.

The U.S. Government greatly appreciates the Nigeria Police Forces’ partnership and is pleased to present eight modular, general purpose, military-grade tents in support of their activities in Borno State.   We have witnessed the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to restore security in the northeast and hope that these tents will help provide temporary shelter and protection from the elements as you carry out your duties.

The U.S. Embassy looks forward to continuing to support the Nigeria Police Force as part of our mutual commitment to build the long-term institutional capacity of the police and to support efforts to bring peace to all areas in Nigeria.