The Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has decorated Att’y. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, and several international personalities within the security sector for their individual and collective distinguished service to the country as she endeavors to remake the sector.
Those honored on February 11 Armed Forces Day by President Sirleaf included the keynote speaker of the day, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, Major General Julius Facki Oketta, Head of Mission, Africa Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (AUSEOWA) and Major General Gary Volesky, Commander, Joint Task Force-Operation United Assistance (JTF-OUA).
Others are Major General Darryl A Williams, first Commander of JTF-OUA, Lieutenant Colonel Abubakri Sadique Mohammed, a committed, dedicated and professional military officer of the Ghana Armed Forces with over 34 years of military experience, and Lieutenant Colonel Kennedy Chuwuemeka Okoro, a committed, dedicated and professional military officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and a Barrister-at-Law of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
According to C-I-C Sirleaf, the honorees’ services to Liberia bring credit upon themselves, their country and to our nation as well as to the men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia who continue to work tirelessly in rebuilding Liberia, including the construction of roads.
In remarks on behalf of all DSO recipients, Major General Julius Facki Oketta said their being decorated was wonderful and sincerely accepted.
Receiving the awards from the Commander-In-Chief of Liberia’s Armed Forces meant a lot to each of them, he declared.
“We the officers and citizens receive this honor with great gratitude and humility. These awards speak for commitment in serving our people as we contribute in eradicating Ebola,” Gen. Oketta said.
He explained that the awards do not belong to the honorees, but to the Africa Union, AUSEOWA, the people of Liberia, the United Nations family in every corner of the globe who made contributions, sacrifices and in many instances risked or gave their lives to support the eradication of Ebola by promoting solidarity as well as voluntary services for the common good of humanity.
Gen. Oketta said the awards would enforce their belief that all honorees can pray and work better than they have done so far in combating the deadly Ebola virus and other services.
He emphasized that the issues of solidarity, capacity, preparedness, responsibility and sacrifice have all been geared toward moving the country and Africa forward.
The celebration of the 58th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) was also witnessed by senior government officials, including Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, House Speaker Alex Tyler, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, and Dr. Amos Sawyer of the Governance Commission and Heads of all security agencies.