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Puntland Leader, UN Delegation Discuss Plight At Danish-Funded Prison Facility

July 16, 2014



The President of Somalia's Puntland Government Dr.Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas has held closed doors meeting with high-level delegation led by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Deputy Head for Somalia Francesco Caonero at Puntland State House in the state capital of Garowe on Monday, Garowe Online reports.

UNODC Maritime Crime Program coordinator Alan Cole was accompanying Francesco on her first trip to Puntland since the murder of UN body personnel at Galkayo airport by government soldier.

Presidency sources told GO that the discussions centred on the dire economic situation at 500-bed prison facility in the outskirts of Garowe.

Though, President Gaas' administration failed to address electricity shortage 80%, salaries of custodian corps officers and facility renovations, sources declined to be named in print further noted that UN delegation expressed displeasure over the prevailing matters with electricity consumption at the vanguard.

According to information obtained by GO, under the implementation of UNODC, donors are charged with 20% of power, trainings and inmates' health care expenses amongst others.

President Gaas reportedly notified visiting delegation of his previous order for budget being allotted to the prison facility. Ministry of Finance showed off extreme reluctance but officials in charge of financial outlay could not be reached for comments.

Separately, UNODC Deputy Chief for Somalia met with Puntland's Minister of Security Hassan Osman Allore.

The two discussed the outcome of investigation launched into the killing of two expatriates working for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime after the terrible incident strained Puntland's ties with the UN.


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Source: AllAfrica


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