The Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia George Weah, has lauded the gallant Men and Women of the National Army for their sacrifices to society and love for country Liberia.
George Weah said, due to selfless service by the solders, it has enable the country to maintained peace and stability which is rapidly seeing development under his leadership.
Sounding more proud of the National Army, Dr. Weah added that the military has developed into a good force with the requisite training, professional competence, regimentation, and discipline to execute their Constitutional mandate, which makes the nation proud of them.
“Our Armed Forces are recognized as a Force for Peace, as is evident by their maintenance of a perfect peace since the withdrawal of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL),” President Weah praised the AFL.
The President said, the military has now extended its operation out of the country as some members of the Army are serving with the United Nations Mission in Mali to restore peace.
He said, the solders have been recognized and commended for their discipline, training, and fitness to serve. The Commander in- Chief of the Army again praised the AFL that within just few years, Liberia has been transformed from a country REQUIRED peacekeepers, to a country which PROVIDES peacekeepers, he applaud and salute the Army for their job well done.
Mr. Weah continued that, the AFL is also an important participant in the implementation of his Government’s development agenda, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
According to him, it has played a frontline role in different development initiatives across the country, ranging from construction works on the 14th Military Hospital, collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works on road repairs and rehabilitation, and renovation of houses in the barracks around the country.
President Weah added that he looks forward to the expansion of their participation to other key areas of national development.
Meanwhile, President George Weah through the Minister of Defense, have instructed the deployment of the Engineering Company and the Agriculture Company into their respective areas of expertise to further support the efforts of the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Agriculture.
According to the Liberian leader, the Engineering Company in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works, will conduct an assessment for the implementation of quick impact strategic interventions on roads throughout Liberia that are critical to the survival of the people.
He said, this will facilitate movement of citizens and enable farmers have access to markets during the rainy season, thus reducing the high cost of locally-grown commodities. He added that partnership will utilize the potential of the Engineering Company of the AFL to ensure the timely completion of this task.
At the same time, President Weah has instructed the Minister of Finance to provide the necessary support and ensure future budgetary allocations for the purchasing of earth moving equipment and added that the AFL will maintain technical presence and provide relief on other parts of roads projects.
The President mentioned that, the threat of food insecurity continues to pose a challenge to national security and that is why the country must leverage the potential of the Military to undertake the supplemental production of rice and other basic vegetables to meet local demand and reduce reliance on expensive imports.
He informed the public that, the Minister of National Defense in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture is ongoing and there are plans to partner with the National Bureau of Veteran Affairs where the knowledge and skills of veterans can be utilized.
The President thanked development partners for their supports in the form of direct financing and logistical support, training and critical support that helped build the credibility, efficiency and professionalism of the military as an effective Force for Peace.
He thanked the United States Government, the People’s Republic of China, the United Nations, and ECOWAS Mentors who supported the military’s efforts during the height of the pandemic and said, it is your support that has helped to bring the AFL to this level of recognition. He appreciated the AFL and encouraged them as they are the important pillar of national security architecture and must always demonstrate professionalism and integrity as the People’s Army, thereby strengthening the respect and trust they deserve.
Every February 11, of each year is celebrated as Armed Forces Day in Liberia. The day is set aside to celebrate men and women in Arms who sacrifices in protecting their country and also remember fallen armed personals and heroes services to the country.
Also speaking was the Minister of Defense Maj. Gen. Daniel Ziankah Jr (Rtd), said unlike other Armed Forces Day Celebrations when men and women of the Military and Paramilitary Organizations participated in drill ceremonies, this year’s virtual program symbolizes the challenge we are facing as a nation due to the global pandemic, Covid-19, which requires a coordinated and robust response effort to ensure its containment.
He said, due to the urgency for a collective response effort, the involvement of the Armed Forces in the fight against the rapid spread of the Corona Virus became imperative.
Based on directive from the Commander-in-Chief, the AFL begun deployment of personnel from the medical command, and utilizing the newly constructed 14th Military Hospital as a treatment facility. He expressed the AFL support to the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Institute in combating COVID-19, and the AFL side walk construction.
The Defense Minister am also reported that the Armed Forces of Liberia recently participated in joint border patrol exercises with Guinean as a show of force and quickly added that the exercises were intended to strengthen the two countries relationships, and also reaffirms commitments to protecting the territorial integrity of Liberia against armed aggression and at the same time restores the confidence of our people in their security forces.