15 February 2013

Liberia: Defense Minister - AFL Will Have Liberian Chief of Staff By 2014

Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has disclosed that the Government of Liberia (GOL) is intensifying its efforts to ensure that a competent Liberian citizen is appointed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) by 2014.

Since the formation of the new army, a Liberian is yet to serve the post of Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia.

Quoting President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf's message on the 56th anniversary of the AFL, Minister Samukai stated that efforts have been underway for a Liberian to occupy the post for the past five (5) years. He made these comments on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular press briefing held at the Charles Gbenyon Press Hall in Monrovia.

Minister Samukai furthered that necessary and appropriate trainings are required both locally and internationally for a Liberian to be selected as a Chief Of Staff of the AFL. According to him, the United States Government is in full support of a Liberian citizen taking charge of the AFL. He said the U.S Government has provided support to the AFL in both training and logistics.

H e said additional training opportunities have also been provided to the Coast Guard to enable them attend Coast Guard institutions out of the country. "All of these efforts are part of preparation as Liberia prepares to have an officer to serve as Chief of Staff of the AFL," the Defense Minister intoned.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry boss denied reports that the Liberian government is contemplating on appointment a female to serve as the Military Commander of the AFL.

He clarified that a female AFL soldier is studying a command training abroad, but she has not yet been selected to the post. "The process of selecting a Liberian as Chief of Staff of the AFL is ongoing and it includes the appropriate and necessary training both locally and abroad. It also requires preparations both locally and internationally. The US Government has been extremely supportive in that process. They have provided us all the necessary logistics and trainings that are required," Minister Samukai amongst other things added.

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