The Senate Chairman on Internal Affairs, Governance, Peace and Reconciliation, Senator Armah Jallah of Gbarpolu County, is calling for increase in the country’s defense capability, though at high cost, but for the primary reason of using them to deter war and maintain the peace.
Senator Jallah made the statement recently upon the return of a platoon size of members of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) from Mali at the end of a year-long peace keeping mission. He commended the peacekeeping contingent for the level of distinction, sacrifice and dedication exhibited during the course of their duty.
The Gbarpolu Senator who is also a member of the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security & Veteran Affairs, assured that with the impressive and disciplined representation made by the AFL in Mali, the Legislature will not hesitate to make available the necessary funding to help increase the force’s manpower and capability.
The Senate’s Peace and Reconciliation Chair averred that such maximum display of professionalism by the men clearly expresses the country’s readiness to once again assume its peacekeeping role exhibited on the African Continent many decades prior to the unfortunate civil upheavals.
Senator Jallah called on all AFL personnel constituting Liberia’s next peace keeping contingent, who have departed the country for Mali, to emulate the distinct and patriotic examples shown by their colleagues.
It may be recalled that during the regime of late President William V.S. Tubman, a reinforced company group of the AFL was sent to ONUC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1960 on a peace keeping mission.
In another development, the Gbarpolu lawmaker who has launched a campaign of supporting institutions, has underscored the need for budgetary support to the Press Union of Liberia. He stressed that with the level of work the Liberian media industry has performed and continues to perform in projecting the post-war reconstruction image and development efforts, needs support just as is being done for other key institutions.
He pledged to lobby with his colleagues for their consent to consider budgetary allotment for the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) in the 2014/2015 National Budget.
Senator Jallah is, meanwhile, calling on all Liberians to continue to support the Government of Liberia as it continues its endeavors to build a more professionalized and civil-based armed forces and work assiduously to ensure a more responsible and free press during these critical times of the country’s democratic existence.