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PUNTLAND MARITIME POLICE FORCE COMPLETES RENOVATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL IN QAW, CONTINUES TO PROVIDE VITAL HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT TO PUNTLAND COMMUNITIES

February 13, 2012 – Bender Zaida (Qaw), Puntland State of Somalia – Village residents, local and regional officials, students, teachers and representatives of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) celebrated the reopening of the recently renovated Bender Zaida Primary School at a re-opening ceremony earlier today. The ceremony was attended by Bender Zaida Mayor Habib Jama, Puntland’s Minister of Agriculture Mohamud Haji Salah, Puntland’s Deputy-Minister of Marine Transport, Ports and Anti-Piracy Eng. Mohamed Esse Ali (La’le), Traditional Elder Mr. Esse Mohamed Esse, and PMPF Commander Col. Abdirizak.

The PMPF has been working tirelessly to complete the renovation — replacing the school’s roof that was blown off by wind, repairing structural damages to the walls, repainting the classrooms and providing a water piping system from the town reservoir. The renovation also provided the school with new desks, chairs, blackboards and classroom supplies.

“It’s a delight to see the children and teacher’s joyful response to the newly renovated school and new supplies,” said PMPF spokesperson Mr. Abdirazak Mohamed Mohamud. “The PMPF’s efforts in Qaw demonstrate our commitment to improving the lives of the people of Puntland.”

In addition to the school renovation, the PMPF was tasked by President Farole to assist the people of Qaw by restoring electricity to the town and fixing critical components of the town’s water supply. The PMPF is engaged in vital community improvement and humanitarian support projects, including the distribution of water, food and medical supplies, throughout the Puntland region.

Excerpts of public remarks from the ceremony follow below:

Habib Jama, Mayor of Bender Zaida, remarked, “I would like to thank the Puntland Marines Police Force (PMPF) for their effort. They have done a lot of good things for the district.”

Mohamud Haji Salah, Puntland’s Minister of Agriculture, commented, “This is not the first time that Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) has taken part in helping communities facing a crisis. Their humanitarian support on numerous previous occasions of distributing food and water during the drought, and their unstinted effort during the Bosaso market fire, as well as the expansion and improvement of city airport road is public knowledge. I would also like to thank the Government of the UAE on behalf of the Puntland administration, for their full support in setting up this coastal police force.”

PMPF Commander Col. Abdirizak said, “Above and beyond the PMPF’s mission to stop piracy, we are committed to addressing the Qaw district’s needs. The PMPF is willing and ready to do everything in its power to help, and we are at all times prepared to assist the community.”

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.

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

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