Liberia’s Commander in chief of the Armed Forces has pledged his Government’s commitment to providing the necessary basic social services for men and women of the AFL. According to George Weah, under his watch as president, he will endeavor before the expiration of his tenure to build a first class modern state of the art medical facility for Military and paramilitary personnel something he noted is not in the Country. Speaking at the official sixty first anniversary celebrations of the Country’s Army, the Liberian leader informed the public that he will use his honorable office to lobby for funding to help improve the current condition of the AFL. He named improved and timely incentives, quality medical care and good housing facilities for the soldiers as some of his major priorities for the Army. The Commander in chief of the AFL is quoted as saying, “you have been overlooked in the past but under my watch as CIC, your story will change. ” The statement prompted cheers amongst the crowd most especially Liberians and family members of the soldier who have gathered to watch the occasion on Monday.
As evidence of his first statement as C.I.C at the Barclay training center in Monrovia Weah instructed Defense Minister Daniel Ziankahn to inspect all housing facilities of the soldiers and report to him subsequently in a move to address said issue in a timely manner and form.
Liberia’s 24th President also used the occasion to disclose plans for the reintroduction of the Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) in all Higher institutions in Liberia to ensure that the AFL is an effective career home for all.
For his part former Chief of Staff of the AFL and Defense Minister Rtd Major General Daniel Ziankahn said despite his current portfolio, his primary focus is to ensure the warfare of the Soldiers are Adequately met. “Despite my transition from the military to a civilian post and understanding the challenges and or constraints facing the Army, I will make sure your warfare is addressed to the fullest” he noted. The newly confirmed Defense Minister also used the occasion to thank President Weah for his preferment as Minister proper of the Defense Ministry a position which he promised to serve both the Army and the Liberian people well.