One hundred and fourty-two (142) officers under Pakistani Battalion (PAKBATT) 1 serving with the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA), were on Monday, May 22, 2023 decorated with UN peacekeeping medals in recognition of their meritorious service to the people of Abyei
Addressing the peacekeepers, UNISFA Acting Head of Mission/Force Commander, Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr applauded officers and soldiers of the Pakistani Battalion for continually serving with resilience and unwavering mettle in UNISFA despite the vulnerabilities and challenges of climatic conditions in Abyei Box.
Gen Sawyerr also commended the Pakistani Contingent Commander, Lt. Col. Abdul Manan and his Battalion for the professionalism and dedication exhibited in the implementation of UNISFA’s mandate and for bringing peace and stability to their area of responsibility.
Sawyerr said, “The feat could not have been possible without your dynamic leadership qualities coupled with the resilience and determination of an equally motivated and well-trained troop under your command.
“Even during the time when your battalion was without full complement of its strength and COE, your resourcefulness ensured your troops performed efficiently and wholeheartedly.
The Ag. Head of Mission commended the Battalion for their ability to pacify and mediate a riotous situation in Diffra oil field, curbing illegal weapons trafficking in the Abyei Box and embarking on creative CIMIC activities that have helped win the hearts and minds of the locals positively towards UNISFA.
In his remarks, the Pakistani Battalion Commander of UNISFA, Lt Col Abdul Manan thanked thr Ag. Head of
Mission/Force Commander for good leadership and for believing in him by giving him the opportunity to contribute to the mission’s mandate implementation.
He presented the Acting Head of Mission and Force Commander with the Battalion’s coveted regimental colour.
The Regimental Colour according to Col. Manan, is the best gift he and his entire troops can give to a senior officer who has led the mission with such leadership qualities and mentorship.
General Sawyer said the colour was a rare and privileged gift which he will forever cherish.
The Medal Parade was attended by the Deputy Force Commander, Brig. Gen Abu Syed Mohammod Bakir, Senior Management Leaders of UNISFA, Sector Commanders, Force Headquarters Staff Officers, Contingent Commanders, Military and Police officers.