MISSION OF IOM IN NIGER
Press Briefing Note
Launching of construction for the new headquarters of the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance
17 April 2019
Niamey – The Minister of State, Minister of Interior, Public Security, Decentralization, and Customary and Religious Affairs placed the first stone of the new headquarters building of the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DST) in Niamey on 17 April 2019.
The new headquarters will be constructed under the project “HASKE DST – Empowering the Niger Border Police Headquarters and Regional Partners”, funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the US Department of State for an amount of 2.9 million USD, and implemented by the Immigration and Border Management Unit of IOM Niger.
In the presence of the Ambassador of the United States to Niger, the Director General of the National Police, the National Technical Directors of the Police, and the Chief of Mission of IOM Niger, the Minister of State Mohamed Bazoum officially launched the construction, which will be completed over a period of one year by a Nigerien construction company. The future complex for the DST, which was designed by the Nigerien architecture firm CAUBA, will be comprised of four buildings: i) a building dedicated to welcoming and orienting visitors, ii) a passport and visa services building iii) the main administration building, designed to accommodate each of the divisions of the DST, and iv) an annex building hosting the operational services.
The entire site will contain 60 offices, a 50m2 meeting room, a cafeteria, a joint training room for the MIDAS and PISCES border management information systems, a 130m2 archives room, a radio room, and a room to host the IT servers for the DST.
The design for the new headquarters was conceptualized in order to provide a user-friendly space to welcome and provide services to the public, to create an optimal workspace to enhance coordination between the various services of the DST, and to respond to national and international security standards. It will allow the DST enhance the essential services which it provides to travelers and the Nigerien public, to respond to the increase in its activities, and to best fulfill its administrative and operational roles as Niger’s border police.
During the ceremony, the Minister of State also unveiled the new logo of the DST, designed by Mr. Abdoul Razak Zakari. Prizes were awarded to the top three finalists of the contest to design the new logo, which was launched under the Haské DST project to provide an opportunity for young Nigerien graphic designers to contribute their ideas. The new logo was selected with the aim of creating a distinct image for the agents of the DST, and of improving their visibility among travelers and the Nigerien public.
Beyond the construction of the new headquarters building, the HASKE DST project supports the Directorate of Territorial Surveillance in a variety of areas including the reform of the Directorate’s legal framework, support for enhancing internal communications between agents and external communications with the public, the reinforcement of regional cooperation with the border police agencies of the G5 Sahel, as well as the donation of IT equipment.
The mission of IOM in Niger recognizes the quality and strength of its partnership with the National Police of Niger as witnessed through the Haske DST project, as well as the numerous other projects implemented by IOM to support border management and border security in Niger.
For additional information, please contact Baptiste Amieux, IBM Programme Manager, IOM Niger, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org