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PUNTLAND MARITIME POLICE FORCE AND THE CITIZENS OF EYL WORK TO RELOCATE THE TOWN’S LANDFILL

March 17, 2012 – Bosaso, Puntland State of Somalia – On Sunday, the 11th of March, the Commander of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) Colonel Abdirizak Dirie Farh met with Mr. Faysal Khalif Wa’ays, Deputy Mayor of Eyl District, to initiate the relocation of the town’s sanitary landfill from central Eyl to a location outside of the city’s limits.

The project is a joint venture that is being executed by both the Puntland Maritime Police Force and the citizens of Eyl.

Commander of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) Colonel Abdirizak Dirie Farh and Mr. Faysal Khalif Wa'ays, Deputy Mayor of Eyl District

Commander of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) Colonel Abdirizak Dirie Farh and Mr. Faysal Khalif Wa'ays, Deputy Mayor of Eyl District

The PMPF helped plan the project and supplied a bulldozer and a heavy equipment operator. The town supplied three dump trucks and a host of citizens who spent the day centralizing refuse in order to streamline the heavy machinery’s operations.

The Deputy Mayor stated that he was pleased with the working relationship between the township and the PMPF.

Colonel Abdirizik echoed the Deputy Mayor’s comments, saying that he is pleased with the growing partnership between the town and his Marines.

The project is supposed to last two full days and result in the trash being relocated to a site that is a safe distance away from the town. The current landfill, located in the center of the township, was becoming a health hazard due to its proximity to the population.

The PMPF was sent by President Farole to secure Eyl in order to deny anti-government elements access to the area. The PMPF, however, are also chartered to conduct humanitarian missions that support the citizens of Puntland and create conditions for security and stability.

About the Puntland Maritime Police Force

The PMPF is a professional, locally-recruited coastal police force in the Puntland State of Somalia. The PMPF’s mission is to promote peace and stability in the region by deterring, detecting, and eradicating piracy, illegal fishing and other coastal crimes; protecting marine resources; and delivering much-needed humanitarian relief supplies to Puntland’s citizens.

The PMPF directly responds to calls from the United Nation and international community for regional Somali authorities to enhance their law enforcement and security capacities. Relevant Somali authorities have briefed and notified the United Nations about the PMPF and its activities on a number of occasions.

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Media Contact:
Mr. Abdirazak Mohamed Mohamud
Project Coordinator
Presidential Office
Tel: +252-90-796179

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