LIBERIA: ‘Gov’t Not Taking Security Lightly,’ Says Defense Official

Deputy Defense Minister for Operations Saint Jerome Larbalee has given assurance that the Liberian Government is not taking lightly the security of the state.

He said the institution of training programs, capacity building and provision of logistics to all sectors of the country’s security apparatus are predicated upon government’s interest in ensuring the safety of the state following the departure of the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).

Making remarks at the graduation of 154 recruits who now join the Armed Force of Liberia (AFL) at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia Friday,

Larbalee assured Liberians that the AFL is ready and capable to support law enforcement, civil-military relations and other activities other than war.

Larbalee, who served as proxy for Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, said : “It is in similar consideration that government is making good the resources required for the Armed Forces to prepare and maintain its statutory responsibilities.”

“As UNMIL draws down, all of the security institutions are acquiring the requisite capacity to ensure that the decade of peace earned will be maintained, sustained, and kept,” the Deputy Defense Minister emphasized.

Larbalee, in particular, extolled the 12 female graduates who withstood the test of time by completing the training and thereby becoming legitimate members of the Liberian military.

He also praised the Eighth Class for successfully meeting all requirements that has made them legitimate members of the AFL and challenged them to deliver nothing than their best.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Brig./Gen.Daniel Ziankahn is urging the public to report soldiers found behaving disorderly for appropriate action.

He noted that even in the most advanced militaries around the globe, there are problems but those problems do not meet the consent of the leadership, adding, “it is therefore not good for anyone to attribute the faults of an individual or group of soldiers to the entire unit.”

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