The National Police Training Academy (NPTA) in Paynesville, on the outskirts of Monrovia, now has newly constructed male and female dormitories, additional classrooms, a rehabilitated kitchen and dining hall, all thanks to the Government of Norway supporting the development of Liberia’s security sector.
The construction of the four buildings, at a cost of over US$ 1 million, began with an agreement in 2010 between Norway and the UN Development Programme.
The male dormitory has a capacity for 130 students while the female dormitory can accommodate 80 students. The kitchen and dining hall has a capacity for 300 students. The classroom building has a library, computer room, forensic lab, teachers’ lounge, additional classrooms and washroom facilities. Since the number of police trainees will likely expand soon, these new facilities come at an opportune moment for the LNP.
At the hand-over ceremony held at NPTA on 27 July, Minister of Public Works Kofi Woods, representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, thanked the Norwegian government for the timely support and praised the LNP for its increasingly successful community policing efforts.
The Norwegian Government representative, Reidar Grevskott from Accra, Ghana, pointed out that the Academy is a sign that cooperation between Norway and Liberia is flourishing.
UNPOL Commissioner John Nielsen said the buildings would help enhance the LNP capacity and support the security service. Inspector-General Clarence Massaqoi thanked the Norwegian Government and promised that the buildings would be maintained well by the LNP.
The hand-over ceremony ended with a tour of the buildings led by the Commander of NPTA.