Speaking at the 63rd Armed Forces Day Celebrations on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 the Liberian leader, whois also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), instructed the Ministry of National Defense and the AFL to develop a policy for the establishment of the Armed Forces Agriculture Company.
The move, among other things , is to see the active participation of AFL personnel in the sector. Additionally, CIC Weah called for a proper feasibility studies to be carried out to ensure that all lands of the AFL are surveyed and the appropriate ones can be used for agriculture related purposes.
He pledged his government support to the improvement of facilities of all military officers in the country.
Currently, he told the audience that a renovation of housing units at the Edward B. Kesselly Military Barracks on the Robertsfield Highway is underway while some have been completed.
Moreover, he disclosed the pavement of roads within the facilities as well as modernization of recreational center s, including the renovation of all schools within the Barracks to be named as: Armed Forces of Liberia School District among others are all workable plans for execution soon.
“It is about time to provide proper welfare for the AFL personnel and their families as such quality education to children of AFL personal will be prioritized,” Dr. Weah added.
He stressed that his government will work with other development partners to ensure that they achieve such goal to the core.
President Weah was hastened to commend the international partners and friendly countries for their immense support to the AFL and the Ministry of National Defense respectively. “We will provide the necessary support to ensure that the AFL remains a force for good,” intoned the CIC of the AFL.
Serving as 63rd National Day Orator, the Director General of the General Services Agency(GSA), Madam Mary T. Broh, speaking on the theme: Strategies to incorporate more females in the security sector; the AFL in perspective, Madam Broh hailed the personnel of the AFL for their tireless and sacrificial services to the country over the years.
Making reference on the theme, Armed Forces Day Orator said she believes that there is value in balancing gender role in the sector as such it should be prioritized. “Step Women Representation in the AFL because they are prepared and strong in spirit,” she noted.
The GSA boss wants the creation of space and opportunity to be given to women in the sector in order for them to be fully empowered. The hard working public servant also praised top officials of the AFL for not subjecting the women in the sector to sexual harassment and discrimination which has been a challenge for women in other sectors of the country.
Madam Broh encouraged the visitation of the Reserved Officer Training Course (ROTC) which was taught in schools over the period to ensure women are given more chance and opportunity to explore. However, she urged women in general to now see voluntarism in all spectrum of the society as key to nation building.
The AFL’s 63rd Day Orator called on Liberians to respect the AFL at all times and desist from calling them names as was done in the past. “They are now educated, well trained, intelligent and discipline as such you need to show more love and respect to them,” she pointed.
In brief remarks, the Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, TibliOlandrus Dickson, bragged that they are institutionalizing the AFL with relevant programs and policies for the betterment of the nation. Presently, he said the AFL peace keeping mission in Mali have now increased to a company size, this he noted, is a great boast for the sector.
Dicskson pointed out that through constant collaboration and engagement they are building the readiness’ of the AFL as welfare and women representation is among their core priority. With budgetary support, the deputy dense boss noted that they are putting into place programs and plans to recruit and vet new personnel for the force.
He then hailed the United States of America, China and others African Countries for their training and logistical support to the AFL. “In you we see hope, brighter leaders to promote and protect the democracy of Liberia,” he added.
Currently, the AFL has, according to records, 82 women, 75 enlisted and seven commissioned officers including Liberia’s First Deputy Chief of Staff, Geraldine George, HawaKamara, assistant chief of staff for communications and many others.
Meanwhile, the new 14th Military Hospital is 95% complete as finishing torches are in the making to fully complete the process for official turn overto the AFL and the people of Liberia in general.