Somalia: Puntland leader pays first visit to Former Pirate Hub
EYL, Somalia Dec 30, 2014 (Garowe Online)-The President of Somalia’s Puntland Government Abdiweli Mohamed Ali has on Tuesday paid first visit to former Pirate Hub and Nugal region town of Eyl since being elected to the post in early 2014, Garowe Online reports.
President Ali’s delegation including Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Minister Guled Salah Barre and Nugal Governor Abdiqani Hashi Ali was welcomed on the outskirts of Eyl by cheering crowds.
Eyl Coastal Town Deputy Mayor Faysal Khalif Waeys told Garowe Online that the President will lay foundation rock for new Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) base and tour several landmark sites.
The land where the anti-piracy unit base will be built constitutes 300 square meters and was donated to the government by Eyl municipality.
Eyl, known for sandy beach, its residents are reliant on fishing for their livelihoods and recovers from the once rife high-seas crimes.