The Acting Minister of National Defense , Hon. Joseph F Johnson has lauded the Government of Nigeria for its role played and assistance rendered the Liberian Government over the years, most especially, the training of personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at the Nigeria Defense Academy. Acting Minister Johnson informed The Visiting Nigerian Defense College delegation to Liberia that his boss is currently out the country, but the Ministry of Defense remains very grateful to the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s active participation in Liberia peace process since 1990 and current mentorship being provided to the Armed Forces of Liberia. Minister Johnson further acknowledged that several members the Armed Forces of Liberia have received academic degrees from Nigeria Defense College (NDC) who are now serving in the various capacities within the army.
Minister Johnson assured the Visiting Nigerian Defense College delegation to Liberia of the Ministry preparedness to fighting terrorism and other trans-national crimes within the West African region.
The Acting Defense Minister then praised Federal Republic Nigeria for the former Command Officer- in-Charge of AFL, Major General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman, whose innovations and leadership skills have immensely contributed to the Armed Forces of Liberia becoming a “Citizen’s Army” and a force for good. He further appealed to the Nigerian Defense College through the Nigerian Ambassador accredited to Liberia to provide more support, training, and mentorship for the AFL.
Minister Johnson made these remarks when a 25member visiting delegation of Nigerian Defense College paid him a courtesy visit at his BTC office on Monday 12, 2014.
For his part, Colonel A.B. Lawa, head of NDC delegation, thanked Minister Johnson and his staff for the level of improvements in the Ministry and stated that their visit is intended to fulfill the curriculum development of the College which call for student’s exposure and in additional the College’s, Institutional Geo Strategy Interest Policy for Africa, with the theme: “Post Conflict Tour and National Development”.
The NDC Commandant informed Minister Johnson that his country (Nigeria) is facing with the issue of terrorism through Boko Haram; at the same time stated that his Institution (NDC) has added a new training course in the marine industry and Liberia as member of the maritime community can take advantage of the studies. He thanked Minister Johnson for the level of reception received from the AFL
By: Anthony D. Lander Deputy Director for Public Affairs (0886337632)