President cautions BGB against allure, greed

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Chattogram | Published: 15:22, Feb 24,2020 | Updated: 01:44, Feb 25,2020


President Abdul Hamid cuts a cake during the passing-out parade of the 94th recruit batch of BGB at Border Guard Training Centre and College in Chattogram on Monday. — Bangabhaban photo

President M Abdul Hamid on Monday asked Border Guard Bangladesh to intensify vigilance against cross-border smuggling staying above all sorts of greed and allure.

‘You have to develop strict principle in your character…perform duties bestowed upon you properly, staying away from any kind of greed,’ he said while addressing the passing-out parade of the 94th recruit batch of the paramilitary forces as they wrapped up their 24-week training.

The president simultaneously asked the BGB recruits to shape their career with humane qualities and work as per the need of the country and nation to contribute to the welfare activities in days to come.

The head of the state recalled that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman himself attended the border guards’ third passing-out parade on December 5, 1974, when he ‘directed you to work against cross-border trafficking and smuggling’.

‘We must remember that smugglers have no caste, no religion and they aren’t human beings as well…They siphon off country’s wealth abroad for a little money,’ the president quoted Sheikh Mujib as saying at that function.

President Hamid advised the BGB recruits to work relentlessly with honesty, integrity and showing utmost professionalism to enhance their reputation as watchdogs of the frontier.

He said that female soldiers in other forces were performing well and appreciated BGB’s decision for inducting women, expecting them to prove their efficiency and worth as well.

BGB has long 200-year rich history and heritages, Abdul Hamid mentioned, adding that this force had been serving the motherland since the 1971 War of Independence in many ways.

He said that the force stood by people during any crisis like natural disasters and worked together with common people.

On his arrival at the parade venue, BGB director general Major General Md Shafeenul Islam welcomed the president, also the commander-in-chief of the armed force.

On the occasion, a parade was arranged at Bir Uttam Mujibur Rahman Parade Ground.

The president took salute, inspected the parade by riding on an open jeep. BGB chief Major General Md Shafeenul Islam and commandant of BGTC and C Brigadier General Omar Zahid accompanied him there.

A total of 544, including 49 female new recruits, imparted 24-week training in the 94th batch which began on September 15 last year.

President Hamid later distributed awards among the best probationary BGB personnel, cut a cake and joined a photo session as part of the ceremony.

Members of Parliament, chief of army staff General Aziz Ahmed, senior secretary of home ministry’s Public Security Division Mostafa Kamal Uddin, secretaries concerned to the president, diplomats and high civil and military officials witnessed the event.

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