Defense Receives Equipment Valued at US$4M

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    The government of the People’s Republic of China through its Embassy in Monrovia Wednesday, February 26th, turned over US$4 million worth of road-building equipment to the 1st Engineering Company of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).

    The equipment included ten trucks, several bull-dozers, caterpillars, mixers, and excavators among others.

    The turn-over ceremony was held at the Barclay Training Center on UN Drive. It was attended by an array of government officials including the Acting Chair of the Cabinet, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Finance Minister Amara Konneh, Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks, Foreign Affairs Minsiter Augustine K. Ngafuan, and members of the diplomatic corps, including, United States Ambassador Deborah Malac.

    Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, on behalf of the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the AFL, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, received the equipment from the Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Zhang Yue and turned it over to Defense Minister Bronie Samukai.

    Minister Samukai later turned it over to the AFL Chief of Staff (COS), Brigadier/General Daniel Dee Ziakahn to be immediately commissioned by the Engineering Company of the AFL.

    Minister Samukai then assured the Chinese government that the equipment would be used for its intended purpose and properly maintained.

    According to him, with the training and skills acquired in fleet management and preventive maintenance, the equipment would be missioned capable for the sustainability of the men and women in arms.

    The Minister of Public Works, Antoinette Weeks, expressed gratitude to the Chinese government and people for the gesture. She said soldiers from the Engineering Company and technicians from MoPW would benefit from a 24-week training on the usage and handling of the equipment.

    The program was held under the theme: “Sustaining a Credible, Cohesive and Robust AFL through Resource Availability and Enduring Relationship.”

    The new AFL Engineering Company was formulated in 2007 with an initial strength of 220 personnel; including six female officers.

    However, in 2012, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf mandated authorities at the MOD to increase the size of the Company to battalion level.

    The mission of the Company is to provide mobility, counter mobility, survivability and general engineering work to the AFL and fight as infantry men when required.

    The Engineering Company is now divided into seven platoons: Two sniper platoons and an infantry platoon responsible for mobility and other infantry tasks; two horizontal platoons responsible for building bridges and roads, and two vertical platoons solely responsible for building construction.

    The headquarters of the Engineering Company was relocated to Camp Tubman Military Barracks in March, 2009 near Gbarnga, Bong County.

    The Company has been responsible for the construction of a 190-foot bridge in Sanquan District, Sinoe County; a bailey bridge in Senji Town, Grand Cape Mount County. They also rehabilitated Todee Barracks in Upper Montserrado County, and helped renovate Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County, among other projects.

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