Engineers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have disclosed plans to undertake several reconstruction works in Bong County, Central Liberia during the ensuing dry season, authorities at the Ministry of National Defense have said.
The Commander of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) First Engineering Company, Major Joshua T. Gayflor, made the disclosure on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, when he briefed the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., and his entourage at the Tubman Military Barracks near Gbarnga, Bong County. The Tubman Military Barracks is home to the AFL First Engineering Company.
“Military engineers all over the world are tasked with the wartime role of mobility, counter mobility and survivability in support of all other arms of the armed forces, a statement from the MOD yesterday said.
In peacetime, the release said, the Engineers are actively involved in increasing infrastructure and national development.
Accordingly, since its activation in 2007, the First Engineering Company of the rebranded AFL has continuously supported other arms of the force, and the government in infrastructural development.
In his brief to Minister Samukai, Maj. Gayflor revealed that the AFL Engineers are expected to carry out the rehabilitation of a 1.8 kilometers stretch of road leading to the Gbarnga Ebola Treatment Unit ETU from the city center shortly.
In addition to rehabilitating the 1.8km road, the AFL has been tasked to carry out immediate intervention in the reconditioning of the approximately 3 km by 12 meter wide stretch of road that passes through central Gbarnga, particularly commencing from the intersection of the Administrative Building, northward towards Ganta City, in Nimba County.
According to the statement, the AFL Engineers have further completed architectural plans and material estimates for the reconstruction of Camp VI, formerly occupied by units of the Bangladeshi Peacekeepers serving in Gbarnga.
The Camp VI rehabilitation, when completed, will cater for accommodation of troops, offices and recreational facilities as well as an equipment and motor bay for the recently acquired earth-moving equipment and plants from the People’s Republic of China.
It can be recalled that the Engineering Company of the AFL has been actively involved in civil related works to include the rehabilitation of several bridges in the Todee District, Upper Montserrado County, the construction of the Edward Binyah Kesselly (EBK) Clinic Extension, and the boathouse construction in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
“Additionally, the Company has undertaken numerous humanitarian assistance projects in conjunction with the Embassy of the United States of America,” the statement said.
At present, the AFL Engineers are playing lead role in partnership with their counterparts from the United States of America (USA) in constructing 17 Ebola Treatment Centers around Liberia.