LIBERIA: Gov’t Agencies at Executive Mansion Grounds Mobilize for Security, Cleanliness

Small Arms chairman James Fromoyan, in white, makes a comment at the meeting

Several State-Owned Enterprises and other agencies located near the Executive Mansion grounds in Monrovia Thursday, March 22, held a meeting with the objective of embarking on making each other’s acquaintance as well as finding solutions to ensure effective security and improving on the environment.

The meeting, held in the conference room of the NHA discussed issues such as security, how to ensure effective flow of water to the facilities from the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LW&SC), and how to clean the environment.

Heading the discussion was the managing director of the National Housing Authority (NHA), Hon. Duannah Siryon who upon taking over the NHA saw how urgently the environment needed to be cleaned and therefore invited representatives of SOEs and other agencies of government to the meeting.

NHA Managing Director Hon. Duannah Siryon stresses the importance

Hon. Siryon said the idea for the meeting stemmed from security concerns that he has observed needed reorganization and cooperation with other SOEs’ on the compound.

“We want to end this meeting to be able to come up with how we can get to know each other and more importantly come to conclusions that could help all of us make our compound better,” Hon. Siryon said.

Meanwhile, Mr. James Fromoyan, Chairman of the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms, welcomed the initiative, and admitted that it was necessary for such a healthy discussion to take place and promised his organization’s support.

It was also agreed that a technical committee should be set up, including representatives of all the SOEs and other agencies to draw up a plan, among others, to get the assistance of the Ministry of Public Works, and the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation as well as deciding to carry out a large scale cleaning campaign to put the environment in proper order.

A representative of the security sector noted that it was necessary for the EPS officers to respect any of the security agencies that are operating in the compound so that they can achieve their objective to provide efficient security to everyone at the compound.

Some female members at the meeting

At the end of the meeting, the representatives expressed appreciation to Hon. Siryon for his farsightedness to cite the group together to pursue a common action that may lead to the security improvement on the compound, improved water supply from the LW&SC and a cleaner environment.

They said there had been recent burglary at the compound and therefore the gathering was necessary.

Among the representatives at the meeting were the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), Executive Protective Service (EPS), National Authorizing Officer- Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (NAO-MFDP), Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Liberia National Commission on Small Arms (LINCSA).

Meanwhile, other SOEs that will be invited for the second meeting on April 5, 2018 at LACE’s conference room will be representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of State and the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).

Source: Omari Jackson

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.