The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia Major General Prince C. Johnson III has termed as a great milestone worth celebrating, the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Liberia and Ivory coast to begin a joint border patrol in the region.
According to him the collective and joint security work in the Basin will go a long way in protecting its people in the region.
Speaking a News Conference Tuesday February 11, 2020 Major General Johnson also proposed what he described as a simultaneous border patrol in the four Countries namely: Liberia, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone.
The move he told reporters if carryout at the same interval with appropriate security note exchanges will further help in strengthening regional security ties for the betterment of Nations and its people.
Currently Ivory Coast and Guinea have already agreed to begin the process and do have a defense attaches in Liberia while Liberia have theirs in their respective Countries.
Preparations are also in the making for Sierra Leone to join the exercise soon as was done during the UNMIL’s mission time, assured Lieutenant General Brima Sesay, Chief of Defense Staff of Sierra Leone.
He emphasized that through collective security partnerships the region can be properly secured and issues relative to regional security can be gradually addressed.
“It is important for our armies to work together and collaborate”, added Lieutenant General Lassina Doumbia, Chief of Defense Staff of Ivory Coast.
Speaking to newsman Tuesday through an interpreter The Ivorian Chief of Defense Staff said they are all concerned about proper security of their people and they are putting in place workable and undisclosed security strategies, measures and policies to help address the issues.
“To succeed, we have to work together because, we cannot do it alone” Lieutenant General Doumbia pointed out.
Unlike in the past and with the current collaborations, I am sure we will achieve our respective desire goals, noted Lieutenant General Namory Traore, Chief of Defense Staff of Guinea.
He disclosed that they are all and fully executing the direct mandates of their respective Commander In Chiefs of the Armed to among other things jointly work together and provide all necessary security protection for citizens in the basin, noting that they are committed to such directives.
On a general note of few regional and international security threats to include: Terrorism, Human and illicit drug trafficking, they all indicated that both issues are of paramount concerns to them and are being given priority with some early warning mechanisms already been put in place in addition to other undisclosed strategies which they believe will help in battling the situation.
At the moment there are Peace Keepers of the four Countries in other nations and they are getting some experiences and other security know-how on ways and means in addressing the situation, they added.
In a related development long time security friend to Liberia, Ghana has agreed to provide Air wings support to Liberia’s Air Force base.
Making the disclosure Tuesday was the Ghanaian Chief of Defense Staff Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa at a news conference.
According to him their continuous support to Liberia in the Army and other areas respectively further demonstrates a long standing traditional ties between the both West African Nations.
Liberia has also over the years benefited from Logistical and capacity building support from Ghana.
Lieutenant General Akwa however, hailed Liberia for making great strides in encouraging more women involvement in the military including the security sector at large something he added they both share the same lead.
“We share a vision of building up gender capacity” the Ghanaian Chief of Defense Staff”, noted.
He said in as much as it is important for more women inclusion in the sector it is also key that the standards set must be upheld making further reference to qualification, competence to ensure full readiness, “the space has been created, empowerment has to some extend been provided unlike in the past but total and full inclusion must to be merited”, he intoned.
In brief remarks Major General Prince C. Johnson III in relations to the issue lauded his counterparts for their willingness to work together for the common good of their respective Countries and people.
He at the same time commended Ghana for its continual support to Liberia.
General Johnson said as they work on modalities with Ghana to ensure the air wings of Liberia’s Armed gets fully functional and effective, it will go a long way for the Country.
The AFL boss stressed that traditional attributes for low women representation in the Army to include public perception that the AFL is a male dominated area as well as other traditional and cultural perceptions unlike in the past is now changing in the force.