AFL Completes Community Roads, Begins West Point Reconciliation

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The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has completed several community roads in the country.

Speaking yesterday at the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Deputy Information Minister Robert Kpadeh disclosed that the AFL has completed the Bardnersville to Kebba, Chicken Soup Factory, LPRC and Naiclay Town roads.

The AFL initiative speaks to its vision as a civil-oriented institution and must be commended by all Liberians, Kpadeh said.

The Swaggai Island and St. Francis Roads are near completion as well, he noted.

The Deputy Minister pointed out that that the new AFL does not believe in totting guns, but rather it is strategically involved in civil works.

“In the next five years, AFL officers will be performing surgeries and teaching at different universities, among other professional contributions for the rebuilding of Liberia,” he said.   

Two AFL officers are in Nigeria undergoing training as aviation pilots to boost the AFL capacity in air transportation.

AFL West Point Reconciliation

Minister Kpadeh explained that former Public Works Minister, Samuel K. Woods is leading reconciliation efforts between the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and residents of West Point Township in Monrovia to resolve amicably the issues arising from the August 20, 2014 shooting incident in the township.
He said the meeting with the two parties last Saturday, was intended to improve ties between the AFL and residents of West Point, considering last year’s sad incident.
According to the Minister, the relationship between the two parties got bitter when during a protest a stray bullet shot by an AFL soldier killed little Shaki Kamara, a resident of West Point, while residents were resisting a government quarantine order.

Woods in his recent Armed Forces Day oration at the Barclay Training Center called for a reconciliation process to heal the wounds created by the incident and suggested that the national army consider civil engagements in the West Point Township. 

“Both sides agreed at the recent meeting to form a joint committee comprising representatives of the Township and the AFL to discuss some of the proposals and agree on a work plan for implementation,” Minister Kpadeh added.

“They also agreed that the AFL send a team of engineers to join the current renovation of the M.V. Massaquoi School in the township,” he said.

National Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai has also lauded the people of West Point for their cooperation in working with the AFL in the ongoing reconciliation meetings.    

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