LIBERIA: Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe Armed Forces Day Message

As we are aspiring to become the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), we join our fellow compatriots in extending our warmest greetings and best wishes to the Chief of Staff, the General and Special Staff, and all our gallant men and women of the Armed Forces as well as members of the para-military forces of the Republic of Liberia. This year, as we all joyously commemorate Armed Forces Day, it is incumbent on every one of us to deeply reflect on the pivotal role of our military and para-military forces in sustaining the democratic gains made thus far, as a nation. We salute the AFL for playing its part in sustaining the peace in our country and helping to secure peace abroad as part of the United Nations peace-keeping mission. We are proud of the record of the  AFL in its peacekeeping duty. We express our condolences to the families of members of the AFL who have lost their lives abroad and pray for the recovery of those who have sustained injuries in making the world a peaceful place.

 Under our administration, the military will be used to play a much broader role in the implementation of our agenda for a better Liberia. In this regard, we will institute a new, transformativeGood Governance process that will enable our military to cultivate a new orientation as a capable, reliable, accountable, congenial and trusted partner of the people in the socio-economic development of Liberia. A Gongloe administration will empower the AFL to embrace, acquire and advance themselves in multiple livable technical skills, so as to enable our hardworking service and dutiful men and women work and eventually retire with dignity. We strongly believe that empowering and enabling members of our military and para-military forces will further incentivize their upward movement on the socio-economic ladder.

A Liberian People’s Party government will not relent in ensuring that our Armed Forces play a pivotal role in the holistic transformation of the country. To this end, we shall thoroughly train, meticulously professionalize and sufficiently equip and empower our military in all aspects of human development, such as health sciences, agriculture, education, electricity, renewable energy, information technology, cyber security, among others, so as to enable them lead the way in creating a sweet Liberia for all Liberians by improving the socioeconomic conditions of the people. For example, we shall incentivize our military in spearheading our transformative concept of mechanized farming and road construction, among others. The military will be used to combat hunger in Liberia and end the acute food insecurity that the people of Liberia are experiencing, by making it to grow not less than one hundred acres of rice farm in each of the fifteen counties of Liberia. A hungry people cannot achieve anything and cannot live in peace with one another because hunger generates anger. As it is often said, “A hungry man is an angry man.” Additionally, the AFL will be regularly used to assist the Ministry of Public Works with the construction of farm to market roads and the maintenance of all roads in order to remove the current obstacle to freedom of movement of people and goods in most parts of Liberia during the rainy season. Freedom of movement is a fundamental right under the Liberian Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Moreover, the capacity of the Armed Forces of Liberia to protect and defend the citizenry should not be limited to events of conventional hostilities. A Gongloe administration shall significantly upgrade the capacity of a thoroughly professionalized AFL to enable our service men and women assist our civilian compatriots in times of artificial and natural emergencies, such as floods, fires and storms, among others. In short, the AFL under a Gongloe leadership will help in spearheading our innovative approach to nation-building. In other words, the people will experience the goodness of the army because the AFL must always be seen by the people as a force for good.

Once again, HAPPY ARMED FORCES DAY to the Chief of Staff and our dynamic service men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

                              A Better Liberia is Possible

THANK YOU

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 14013 Articles
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.
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