Heritage (Monrovia)

30 January 2013

Liberia: GOL Is Prepared to Provide Security If Unmil Leaves - Justice Minister

Liberia's Justice Minister, Cllr. Christiana Tah, has said the Government of Liberia (GoL) through the Ministry of Justice is prepared to provide maximum security for the country when the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down.

Speaking on the state owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the Liberia's Attorney General disclosed that the government is on the training of more men in the security, even though she has complete confidence in the current security apparatus.

According Minister Tah, the government has completed the recruitment of at least 50% of the total force needed for the Liberia National Police (LNP) and a little over 50% of the total force needed for the Immigration.

"Government is ready and prepared to provide security for the nation if UNMIL leaves tomorrow. This is part of the government's responsibility and must fulfill it. We are putting together plan to take over the security of the country if UNMIL draws down," the Liberia's Attorney General stated.

"We have completed the recruitment of at least 50% of the total force needed for the Liberia National Police (LNP) and a little over 50% of the total force needed for the Immigration. Had this not been a security issue, I would have told you the total number we have for the police, immigration and other security apparatus. Currently, this number is encouraging," she continued.

As part of its preparation to provide "maximum" security for the country, she further disclosed that the government has embarked on the construction of its five regional hubs across the country. She named the Gbarnga Regional Hub as one of the hub projects by the government. The operationalization of the Gbarnga Regional Hub was part of the Government's 150-Day Deliverables.

The 150-Day Deliverables was a set of 84 promises of the Liberian government within the first 150 days of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's operation in the second term. The 150-Day Deliverables began February 1, 2012, and ended June 30, 2012.

Speaking further, the Justice Minister named the cities for the construction of the other hubs as Buchanan, Zwedru, Tubmanburg and Harper. The hubs, she said, are aimed at improving the justice and security sector of the country.

The Justice Ministry boss said the main focus of the hub is to provide security for each of the five regions.

Meanwhile, Minister Tah called on Liberians to work together so that the peace and security of the country is assured.

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