The President of Puntland State of Somalia H.E. Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud
(Farole) accompanied by the Vice President and senior Puntland officials and a
visiting delegation from the United Nations and European Union jointly opened new
government facilities in the state capital, Garowe.
Puntland Vice President H.E. Abdisamad Ali Shire and Puntland Cabinet ministers
welcomed the high-profile delegation at Garowe Airport. The visiting delegation was
led by U.N. Under Secretary General who is also UN Office on Drugs and Crime
(UNODC) Executive Director H.E. Yury Fedetov and included the Finland
Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Sofia From-Emmesberger and U.K. Deputy Ambassador
to Somalia H.E. Fionna Gibb.
The day’s events began at the new building for the Puntland Corrections Academy
Units of the Puntland Custodian Corps saluted President Farole
before the Puntland leadership and the visiting delegation began touring the new
Activities included laying the foundation rock for the new Garowe Prison by
President Farole, UNODC chief Mr. Fedetov, and Ambassadors and representatives
from Donor Countries, including Finland, the U.K., Denmark, Norway, and the
Netherlands, and visits to the facility’s offices, staff accommodation and classrooms.
President Farole and Mr. Fedetov jointly cut the rope to officially inaugurate the new
Corrections Academy and Headquarters.
After a VIP lunch, the Puntland leadership and the delegation toured the new building
of the Puntland Ministry of Justice and Rehabilitation, which was jointly inaugurated
by President Farole and Mr. Fedetov, followed by a joint press conference at the new
Ministry building regarding the day’s events.
President Farole expressed his appreciation and commendation to the Donor
Countries and UNODC for undertaking this big project and Mr. Fedetov thanked the
Puntland Government for its commitment to work and cooperation.
Puntland Government has encouraged foreign assistance to build and improve
government institutions and the security sector, as Puntland Government continues
institution-building process and policy reforms.