Acting Commissioner of Police Isikeli Ligairi presents a gift to Nauru’s Commissioner of Police Mr Corery Caleb following bilateral talks at the Fiji Police Headquarters today.Photo:SUPPLIED.
16th July 2015
A high level delegation comprising of His Excellency the High Commissioner of the Republic of Nauru Mr. Jarden Kephas and the Commissioner of Police Mr Corery Caleb paid a courtesy call to the Acting Commissioner of Police Isikeli Ligairi this afternoon.
Fiji’s Roving Ambassador and High Commissioner Her Excellency Mrs Litia Mawi and officials from both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration were also present to welcome the delegation to the Fiji Police Headquarters.
The High Commissioner was accorded a quarter guard parade before a brief overview of the Fiji Police Force was presented to his delegation by the Fiji Police’s Director Planning Senior Superintendent of Police Erami Raibe.
In addressing members of the Fiji Police Force H.E Mr Kep acknowledged the Fijian Government’s initiative in strengthening cooperation between the two countries paying particular attention on small island states
“At the moment Nauru is looking forward to the signing and strengthening of a Memorandum of Understanding with Fiji in the areas of police management, training and development”.
“Police developments in Fiji are cost effective for Nauru and I would presume for the rest of the Pacific Island countries and would be more oriented to the understanding and culture of our Pacific island cultures”.
Echoing similar sentiments was Nauru’s Commissioner of Police Mr Corery Caleb who said the Police delegation was eagerly looking forward to the outcomes of the first meeting between the two law enforcement agencies.
“The Nauru Police Force looks forward in our bilateral level discussions especially the return of the training cadet scheme, capacity training in middle management of the Fiji Police Force and other areas we lack expertise and absence of proper training facilities”.
The first training conducted for members of the Nauru Police Force in Fiji was conducted in 1960s which continued till the late 1990s.
Commissioner Caleb who was part of the last recruit training in the 1990s said he knows his officers will have a lot to learn from their Fijian comrades.
“I was fortunate to have experienced the training Fiji has to offer and on behalf of the Government of Nauru I would like to thank to the Fiji Government and Fiji Police Force for making this possible so it will enable Nauru Police Force to benefit from the training and expertise that the Fiji Police has to offer”.
The signing of the MOU is expected to be held later this year.